Revelation 4… Use Your Imagination! – Handel Did

If you’re reading today’s post in “coffee with the Lord” you’re going to need to use your imagination… 

Go get your Bible and read Revelation 4 (it’s only 11 verses).  My suggestion?  Read a phrase or two, close your eyes and visually picture happening what you’ve just read…  You’ll be in the heavenly throne room… experiencing the sights and sounds… participating in the incredible worship taking place there!  I’ve done this with this passage over the years and it’s always been an uplifting, incredible, worship-inspiring experience for me… in fact, it leaves me feeling like I’ve just left the most incredible dramatic presentation and concert I’ve ever experienced in my life, just blown away, with nothing to say but “WOW”!!  Try it!

The passage ends like this… “Day after day and night after night (the living creatures) keep on saying, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, Almighty – the One who always was, who is, and who is still to come!’  And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to the One sitting on the throne (the One who lives forever and ever), the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the One sitting on the throne.  They lay their crowns before the throne and say, ‘You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power!  For You created all things and they exist because You created what You pleased.’” (Revelation 4.8-11 NLT)

The story goes, that this was the very passage that Handel was working with when he wrote his great oratorio, the Messiah with the “Hallelujah Chorus.”  The story is, he locked himself in his studio to finish it, but came out after working with this passage in the Bible with his eyes ablaze and exclaimed… “ME THINKS I DID SEE THE HOLY GOD AND ALL OF HIS ANGELS WITH HIM!”  My sentiments exactly!!

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