Wednesday, July 06, 2011

GLIMPSES OF GLORY -- Revelation 4


THIS PAST WEEK WE CELEBRATED OUR NATION'S BIRTHDAY, and while my family (extended and otherwise) and I were watching the fireworks explode over Skypark in Scotts Valley I heard playing in the background the "Battle Hymn of the Republic."
  
My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
He is trampling out the vintage 
where the grapes of wrath are store
He has loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword
His truth is marching on!
Glory, glory, Hallelujah
Glory, glory, Hallelujah
Glory, glory, Hallelujah
His truth is marching on!

I honestly never really thought of that song tied to the book of the Revelation, but ti surely is. And I supposed both sides of the battles which forced the penning of this song surely thought that the coming of the Lord was near, and this is was to be the battle to usher in the Kingdom of God.


The sermon for Sunday July 10th is dealing with the visions of glory that the Apostle John saw as he was invited into the very throne room of God. (Revelation 4:1-11) (Part of the series, Hope During the Hard Times) A sight that he was hard-pressed to put into words.  It was a sight not unlike the prophet Isaiah saw, when he too was invited in the presence of the LORD. (Isaiah 6:1-10)


In fact, I would encourage you to take a look at those two passages and make note of how for the Eternal One things don't really change that much.  What Isaiah saw, so too did John.


As I contemplated what these two men witnessed I thought how might I explain the "glory of the Lord?" Not an easy reality to put into words. A sunset? The roaring of Yosemite Falls? The pounding of the surf? A baby's soft breath? The list could go on and on, much as the glory of God does.


I invite you to join me on that meditative journey. How would you describe, explain, the glory of the Lord? How would you describe the throne room of the Holy One?  Not an easy task for sure, but one that causes us to stop and consider once again the greatness of our God and King.


Glory! 
Glory! 
Hallelujah!
Holy! 
Holy! 
Holy!


1 comment:

walterbg12@gmail.com said...

Thanks, Randy. I had never before directly associated the Isaiah 6 passage with John's vision in the Spirit in Rev. 4. Each observer was overwhelmed in his own way. What they had to describe could not be fit into any known vocabulary. We can understand, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to be." Beyond that, we, too, are at a loss for words. This would be true no matter the range of one's knowledge and language. Whatever we end up describing, will be unique for us - it will be enough! Maranatha!