And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him . . . and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”
In the days of the Roman Empire, when Revelation was being written, as kings were conquered by Rome, they were brought before the reigning emperor to prostrate themselves before this reigning magistrate and then cast their own crowns before their conquerors. This was an act of total submission to the ruling empire and complete surrender of their domain.
The twenty-four elders, in Revelation 4:10, will fall down before Christ, who is sitting upon the throne in Heaven and worship Him. This is genuine worship and where worship is defined so significantly. What a magnificent picture of true submission to the Creator of the universe that lives forever and ever. “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable” (Isaiah 40:28).
Have you ever asked yourself, “What does the word worship mean?” The word worship means to attribute worth to an object or person. When you worship Jesus Christ you attribute worth to Him and to His glorious name. “. . . at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,” (Philippians 2:10).
When ascribing the word, “worthy” to our Lord, we must understand the magnitude of significance it embodies. The word “worthy” means: righteous, blameless, guiltless, reputable, and pure. Jesus Christ is all of these and so much more. He is worthy of all praise, honor and glory due His name!
Lord, only You are worthy.