Pondering holy, holy, holy (Pastor Neil)

March 09, 2015

..pondering ‘holy, holy, holy’ and how many snowflakes it took to cover Williamson county…
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Last week, as my friend Kevin Sambrook (pastor of Covenant Love Church in the heart of Belfast, Northern Ireland) and I were doing devotionals together, I ran across something that was intriguing and kind of exciting (to me). Perhaps your soul will resonate with it as mine has. It seems that folks like to speculate about our eternal existence in heaven and the reality of 24/7 worship gatherings. Frequently we hear people suggest, in a joking manner, that worship in heaven will be quite boring since it’s composed only of repeatedly singing “holy holy holy,” like the angels/cherubim/living creatures in Revelation 4:1-8.
You’ve heard that too?
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I am reminded of Gary Larson’s portrayal of worship in heaven:
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 and that usually leads to this:
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But I digress…
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I began rereading through a favorite book by Jack Hayford, Manifest Presence and found this:
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A profound insight into the possible significance of the recurring actions of the cherubim (here referred to as “living creatures”) was suggested to me years ago. David Stern, who since has done such remarkable scholarly work in producing a  New Testament for Jewish readers, worshiped with us regularly prior to his moving to Jerusalem. One day, as different members of the congregation exchanged reflections on biblical texts that feature worship, David commented on what at first appears to be the creatures’ repeated bowing at God’s throne – as though possibly required by God and rendered in rote and submissive obedience.”A
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While there is no question that God is worthy of all the honor, reverence and even abject adoration expressed by these creatures most approximate to His throne, God is most highly honored when any creature willingly and voluntarily brings it’s worship with verbal praise, presenting that worship with attendant physical expression.“It seems to me,” he said, “that these creatures are not simply exercising a habit as they ‘rest not day or night, saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”‘ Rather, as they worship, bowing down each time only to rise and look again upon the face of God, their declaration explodes from having seen yet another facet of the glory of God’s beauty and Person. Freshly overwhelmed at what they have just seen, they fall before Him again, only to rise up and capture another view of the wonder of who He is.”A
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My soul resonates with that insight, which, I am persuaded, is at the heart of the ever-increasing crescendo of praise that springs from these beings and spreads relentlessly around God’s throne-and wherever its revival or restoration is being embraced.”

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As I read Hayford’s words, I remember that when God created the giraffe and the zebra, of which no two are exactly alike, He also created the snowflake and the raspberry, of which even scientists have said no two are exactly alike. We serve the ultimate Creator and His creation is never boring…imagine what He Himself will be like!