The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: “Amen, Hallelujah!” (Rev. 19:4)
Righteousness implies setting things right, and through Jesus Christ, we can be victorious and walk in spiritual righteousness. But before Christ returns—and sin and death are once and for all eradicated—we will be troubled by the cares and burdens of a world and will be in constant mourning. We will be crying out against the reckless slaughter of innocents; burdened by losing battles against those who would mock the name of Christ; shackled to a world devoted to turning its back on a holy God. We live in a world that would persecute and taunt him and his people. This world is not our home.
John wrote of those who fell prostrate before God. They worshiped him, and this was prompted because God had punished the “great prostitute” (v. 2). In this passage, justice has been done. Sin and death are no more, and God’s vengeance is complete.
We may be living in dark times, but God has a plan. Justice will be done. Like the elders and the heavenly creatures, we too will fall before God, knowing that all that was wrong has been set right, thankful and humbled by his power and glory. We need not wait to take such a posture of humble adoration and worship. The time to trust and fall on our knees is now. The Lamb of God has come.
The time to fall down in humble worship is now.
Dalene (Rovenstine) Fisher is a wife, mother, and grandma. She is an associate professor of English, dean, and assistant provost at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
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