The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “THOU ART WORTHY, O LORD, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for THY pleasure they are and were created.”
The life of a true worshiper takes no thought of its own pleasure in receiving back from God, nor considers what reward may come of service, but rather delights in only God Himself being glorified; for one who has beheld the Lord of Glory knows that their is no good apart from HIM. The living creatures before the throne of God are always in His immediate presence, yet even they still cannot utter a word without the accompaniment of “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God Almighty…”
Those who have not been “undone” as Isaiah was upon the revelation of the holiness of God (Isa6) cannot touch the depths of the heart of the Father for the purification of His children, nor know His grief for their deviations and so humble themselves and repent. Let us humble ourselves and be brought to the only pure motive of service to the pleasure of the Almighty: that HE IS WORTHY. Do you not find it wonderful that He is worthy even to receive the “amen” of both those who He blesses and those whom He curses? For EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. On the day of judgement, their will not be one among the wicked, as each stands before the Holy One, who will not respond to their verdict with, “amen.”
The judge of all the earth will do right. And how can He not be praised for such virtue? Surely He who will not compromise justice in pouring out wrath upon His enemies, and yet is longsuffering with us all and forgives the repentant, even we who have opposed Him; surely He alone is worthy of all that He demands, and is right to do so!
Yet the ascribing of such worthiness to God is not the posture of those who have not sincerely and humbly asked of the Lord, “Show me THY glory.” Such is the pure-hearted request of one who fears God, one who is of a single eye toward HIS purposes, who seeks the knowing of the Holy One, which is true understanding. But who will so forsake what they have in this world and consider it refuse for the sake of knowing Him? For the only true and eternal life is that which is hidden with Christ in God. THERE IS NO GOOD APART FROM HIM! As it was from the beginning: there is not a war between good and evil; there is rather a war between good & evil, and perfect Life – that Life being the very Life of God which He has within Himself. Partaking of the tree of God’s life brings discernment regarding good & evil, but partaking of the good & evil brings blindness concerning the True Life, which is the Light of men. The serpent offered an experiential knowing of good & evil at the expense of Life; when truly the experiential knowing of God’s Life is to have the understanding of God, to be in fellowship with Him, it is to truly know the Holy.
Adam and Eve traded an already perfect relationship with God for a lie of self-ascension, for which the serpent himself was cast down for pursuing. So let us not be as the devil, who proudly ascribed the glory (which he indeed once had) to his own account, and so fell short of GOD’s glory; for there is no glory given apart from God, and so the elders before His throne are seen casting their crowns before Him who lives forever and ever.
“If we deny Him, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny HIMSELF.”
HE IS FAITHFUL TO HIMSELF! He cannot be faithful to us unless we are in Him! HE IS FAITHFUL TO HIS OWN WORD! So let us be found in submission to His word lest we be found outside of His pleasure! It is for HIS will and pleasure that all things were created; being created “by Him, through Him, and to Him.”
“Think this within you, which mind was also in Christ Jesus, who subsisting in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, having become in the likeness of men and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, having become obedient until death, even the death of a cross. Because of this also God highly exalted Him and gave Him a name above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of heavenly ones, and earthly ones, and ones under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
O, that even one among the children of men would forsake the pride of this life in seeking the glory of God, according to Whose mercies we are not consumed in wrath! For there is no effective resistance of the devil and his devices apart from humility before God. There is nothing which God hates more, or can do as little about (beyond utter judgement), as unrelenting pride. Whoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted. The body of Christ remains in atrophy so long as we its members are unwilling to have our hearts cut through by His word, our pride crushed under the heaviness of the conviction of His holiness, and our minds renewed through submitting to His loving discipline
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the LORD, and HE will exalt you.