>Pray for an open heart and focused mind.
Read Revelation 4:1-11
>Take in the overall impression of the vision of God’s throne, allowing your imagination to follow the text’s description.
>Contemplate the scene of creation’s response to God.
Read and mark up Revelation 4:1-6a
After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne.
And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald.
Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads.
From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, 6and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.
Read and mark up Revelation 4:6b-11
And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and
the first living creature like a lion,
the second living creature like an ox,
the third living creature with the face of a man,
and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight.
And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”
And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever,
the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever.
They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”
>Who is the One on the throne?
>Who are the elders (look back at 2:10; 3:5 for cues)?
>Who are the living creatures?
>What is the response of the elders and creatures?
In light of what you have read and examined, prayerfully answer the following questions.
>Are you as impressed by God as you should be? What is getting in the way of this? How will you keep your focus on God’s glory?
>Consider the praise-filled response of the elders and living creatures. Is your worship animated by a vision of God’s glory? Are you settling for less?
>How do your times of personal worship (devotions) need to change in light of this vision?
>How does your participation in gathered worship need to change in light of this vision?
Read Revelation 4 one more time
>Spend time in prayerful adoration of God for the glory displayed in this vision.
>Confess where you have fallen short of appropriate praise of the One on the throne.
>Thank God for accepting our faltering attempts at praise because of the sacrifice of Jesus for us.
>Pray for you and the church to have an increasing focus on God’s glory and sovereignty that will animate our worship together.
GO DEEPER IN LIFE GROUP
>What is the most impressive thing you have ever seen in your life? What was so impressive about it?
>What about your most meaningful worship experience? What made it so powerful?
Read Revelation 4:1-6a together.
>What are the impressions left by the vision of the throne of God?
>What is this showing about God?
Read Revelation 4:6b-11 together.
>The 24 elders are likely representative of the whole people of God (12 tribes of Israel plus 12 apostles), and the 4 living creatures are likely representative of all creatures on earth. What does that indicate about the proper response of creation to the Creator?
>Why is it important for the church to hear about this vision in the midst of challenging times?
>How can our worship today (personally and gathered) be shaped by this vision?