Bow Down Now

“The twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: ‘You are worthy our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
- Revelation 4:10-11
The passage above in Revelation 4 describes a God who is on the throne, and then describes twenty-four elders who are worshipping Him who sits on the throne forever and ever. Specifically, the text tells us that these elders are laying down their crowns. As you read this passage, you might be wondering why they keep laying down the crowns.

Let’s talk about that. They are laying down the crowns because much like the jasper and ruby and the rainbow of Emerald, this God they serve is inexhaustible. You’ll never completely figure Him out. Like me, you have probably had this moment where you thought about when we get to heaven, we’ll completely know everything. The reality is, you won’t. Every day will be a deep dive discovery of who God is. And when you get overwhelmed by this new dimension you’ve learned about, you too will lay down the crowns.

So our posture in heaven is going to be endless praise. It is going to be bowing down. So this will make you think... If I am going to bow down in heaven, why don’t I begin bowing down now? The fact is, you do not have to wait until you are in heaven to admire the greatness of God. You do not have to wait for the next big thing to happen before you praise Him.

With that in mind, I hope you’ll offer this prayer up to your Heavenly Father today. Come to Him with a humble heart full of worship and praise, bowing down before Him as you acknowledge His greatness and goodness.

“God, may I not go a day without humbling myself and bowing down before you. May I not only bow down before you in a church service, but before you in my prayer closet. May I bow down before you in moments where I need you, humbly telling you, I am nothing apart from you, God. And may you get endless and ceaseless praise from me. Amen.”

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