Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” (Revelation 4:6-8)
In this scene from Revelation we see the first description of the worship in heaven. The symbolism combines elements of Isaiah’s vision (Isaiah 6) and Ezekiel’s vision (Ezekiel 1). These four beasts represent the animal kingdom. The lion represents the king of the beasts, the ox is the largest of the tame beasts, and the eagle is the king of birds. Lastly humans are part of the created order. And all the created order gives praise in its own way. Even the animal kingdom is represented in the heavenly worship scene. But after this, humans give praise to the one who sits on the throne.
Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: 11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Revelation 4:9-11)
When the humans give praise, they use their capacity to reason. “You are worthy…for you created all things…” Worship is a powerful thing. It’s what humans were made to do. Worship provides the context for all of human life. If your world feels out of balance or out of control, worship is the thing that will help you make sense of the craziness of life.