And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”” (Revelation 4:8, ESV)

The Message paraphrase is particularly vivid in its handling of this verse:

The Four Animals were winged, each with six wings. They were all eyes, seeing around and within. And they chanted night and day, never taking a break: Holy, holy, holy Is God our Master, Sovereign-Strong, The Was, The Is, The Coming. (Revelation 4:8, The Message)

It’s a scene of heaven and of the continual worship that resounds around the throne of God and worship that is both necessary and given freely.  Who wouldn’t worship the supreme being of the universe who is responsible for all that is?  This is a natural response of created beings.  We, all of us, were created to worship.  Our problem is that we find other things to worship than our Sovereign God.

We are, as C. S. Lewis once wrote, “far too easily pleased:”

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

May you worship, dear reader, “God our Master, Sovereign Strong, The Was, The Is, The Coming.”

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