As we turn to the earth - what of the earth? Here the wonders of the macrocosm - the world of large things - are repeated in the microcosm, which is the world of small things. Here there are electrons and protons, neutrons, neutrinos, and a seemingly endless variety of particles that we don’t even begin to understand. The distance between them proportionate to their size is comparable to some of the distances in the solar system. If we were to take the simplest of atoms - the hydrogen atom - and blow it up billions upon billions of times to where the proton at its center is about the size of a ten-inch soccer ball, the electron that’s circling around it would be the size of a golf ball, but it would be five miles away. And in between there'd be absolutely nothing. That’s just the simplest of the atoms. The saints in heaven are praising God for the wonders of his Creation. Shouldn’t we be able to do that in our worship?

God is eternal. He had no beginning, and he’ll have no end. Moreover, God is always the same in his eternal being. That’s what the words "who was, and is, and is to come" mean. God is past, that is, was. He is present - the word is, and he is also future - is to come. That last phrase is adding the idea that this eternally existing God is yet to come to us in judgment. He is the one before whom all hearts are open, and with whom you and I must deal.

Whenever any of the created beings praise God in heaven, the elders seem to join in. Remember that they represent the redeemed people of God from all ages. Here they praise God as the Creator. Their hymn begins with the words, "You are worthy," which, of course, is worship in its purest sense because that’s what worship is. Worship is ascribing worth to God. The four living creatures are praising God because he is holy, and sovereign, and eternal, and here the elders praise him as the Creator. In other words, they’re praising God both for who he is and for what he’s done.

We’re studying what it is to worship God, and we’re using probably the best model in all the Bible for understanding what worship should be, that is, the worship that takes place in heaven and is described for us in Revelation 4. We saw a number of things last week about worship. First of all, worship is of God alone. Secondly, worship is the acknowledgement of God’s attributes, that is, praising him for who he actually is. Third, worship is ceaseless in heaven at least, and, in a certain sense, on earth as well because the praises of God’s people around the globe go up to him continually. And lastly, worship is best when it’s also done with others.

The fullest worship is with others and with the entire creation. Should we worship God individually? Of course we should. When you read the Bible and pray, and in your own times of Bible study, you should be worshiping God; you certainly want to respond to his teaching by praising him for it - it's a glorious Gospel of grace. But we mustn't forsake the worship of God with others, either, because there’s something in the corporate worship of God by the assembled people of God that is right, enhanced, and beneficial - especially beneficial because the worship of others keeps us on track.