But reading it all the way through last night, I wasn't struck by the freaky beasts, dragons, or locusts, but by worship and how important it is. The book is punctuated and interrupted by praise and worship of God. The 24 elders surrounding the throne are continuously finding adequate reasons to fall on their faces and praise God.
Beginning, middle, and end, the most important thing is clearly giving God the worship he is due, no matter what else is going on at the time.
Tonight I started researching for the Bible study on joy. I felt very unjoyful when Word crashed with all my collected verses into the sea of lost computer files. But being freshly immersed in the truth helped me to wade out quickly.
So, here is some truth for you to wade into with me:
"Always be glad because of the Lord! I will say it again: Be glad!" Phil 4:4
"Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually." 1 Chronicles 16:10-11
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13