Meditation for Monday

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power, for Thou has created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11

I have often wondered, as I looked on tiny, obscure wild flowers in some isolated clearing in the forest, how much God appreciates the beauty of such insignificant blooms. And what about the startling beauty of chain lightning, or the magnificence of a giant waterfall, or the glorious eye-filling displays of the Aurora Borealis? Do all these things delight His heart? Our text says so. Creatures that we deem ugly are not so to the Creator who fashioned them to give him pleasure. Natural wonders that human eyes have not yet seen are all known and appreciated by him. This includes the splendors of other world in galaxies and systems far beyond the capability of man’s telescopes to bring into focus. And yet all these are but a fraction of what the four and twenty elders were referring to as they uttered the words of our text.

These words were chanted as part of the vision that John had as his spirit was called up to Heaven. We must remember that the creation of which these elders spoke was not limited to the earth and the worlds that are visible to humanity. Genesis 1:1 tells us that God created the heaven and the earth. All of the glorious realm where God and His angels dwell was at one point created by God. And it all gives Him pleasure.

Sin has rendered all of nature in a minor tone. Despite its beauties and wonders, sin robs God of much of the delight he sought when he created the earth and its environs. But no such defilement affects Heaven. That is one part of creation that never will and never can disappoint God. Nothing that defiles can ever enter there. But we will be able to. Our sins have been washed in the Saviour’s blood. God has made us ready for Heaven. And someday soon He will change these vile bodies and draw us up hither. We will become part of that of which the elders chanted: a creation that will forever bring pleasure to God.

If God receives pleasure from Heaven’s glories, how much more will we, when we are delivered from the shackles of this life, and take on the glorified bodies of Heaven! Even so, come, Lord Jesus. -Jim MacIntosh

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