Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


November 17, 2009

Apocalyptic literature always is written to a suffering, persecuted people, ones in the crush of a crucible. That ought to influence our interpreation and understanding of the writing.

Day and night they never stop saying:
"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, who is, who is to come."
- Revelation 4:8 TNIV

John's Revelation moves from the Letters to the Seven Churches, all churches in the crucible. John himself is on a prison island due to his faith in Christ, and what is the next part of the vision? Angels constantly singing, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty..." Is that the only hymn they knew? Are they stuck in a mindless rut. Quite the contrary, during troublous times, the angels invite us to remember that God is in charge. Not Caesar, not Hitler, not PolPot or the devil, but the Lord God Almighty.

Today, you may not be in the crucible of persecution, but never forget the angels' song, God is in charge. There's comfort in such words, and strength. For holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty.

Dale Patterson