At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. Revelation 4:2

The Message Bible translates this verse like this, “I was caught up at once in deep worship and, oh! a Throne set in heaven with One seated on the Throne …” This is what worship does, it connects us with the one seated on the Throne and reminds us who really has the ultimate power and authority.

We worship, not because God needs it, but because we do. God doesn’t need us to tell him, he is good, he is worthy, he is holy. God isn’t in need of reassurance of his divine power and goodness but we are. We are distracted by a thousand thoughts bombarding our minds every day causing us to forget there is something bigger and better going on in the spiritual world. So we worship in order to remind ourselves of spiritual realities, to remind ourselves of the one who is on the throne. Whether we sing or pray or simply talk about God’s attributes, we move the attention off ourselves and onto God who has everything under control.

When we have a strong awareness of the almightiness of God we can trust him to work out the details of our lives. If we aren’t sure if God is strong enough or loving enough to handle our difficulties we will find it impossible to trust him. Worship helps us to ‘see’ with our spiritual eyes that God is indeed all-powerful, all-knowing and ever-present.

We worship to stop focusing on our world, our issues, our needs and focus on God who is high and lifted up and seated on the throne.


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