Lately I’ve been studying God’s role as our King. Honestly, it’s not a role I think of often when I think of God. I think of Him as my Savior, my Counselor, my friend. I think of God as my Rescuer, my hope, and my source of strength. But I rarely imagine Him on His throne. Until recently, I haven’t spent much time thinking about what kind of King I serve.
But I’m learning that ignoring God’s role as King means missing a huge part of who He is. More importantly, when I forget that God is the One who sits on the throne, my focus tends to become all about me when it should be all about Him.
Revelation 4:1–11 gives a powerful description of our God and King:
After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first 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 there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 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.”
The image of God on His throne is so powerful that John struggles to describe it. He keeps using the word “like” because he can only compare it to what we already know. John’s description leaves no doubt who is on the throne. We clearly serve a powerful King. In fact, the creatures and elders who are in the throne room have only one response to God on the throne—worship.
We’re going to be focusing on God’s role as King all month on the blog. As Christmas draws near, many people will be talking about Jesus’ humble birth. But I want to shift our focus away from the manger and toward the throne. Why? Because He didn’t stay in that barn. He didn’t remain in Mary’s arms for long. He came to establish a kingdom. More importantly, He came to rule our hearts.
What do you think about God’s role as King in your own life? What kind of King do you think He is? As you reflect on the passage above, what stands out to you about God on His throne?