Immediately I [the apostle John] was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. Revelation 4:2
The apostle John was exiled on the island of Patmos off the coast of Asia Minor. On the Lord’s Day (Revelation 1:10) he saw a vision of Jesus and wrote down letters from Christ to the seven churches. After he finished transcribing the letters, he found himself “in the Spirit” (Revelation 4:2)—a state in which he began seeing the worshipful glory of heaven.
Whenever we are fully committed to worshiping God in the power of the Spirit, it becomes the perfect time for God to speak to our hearts. In worship He can reveal more of Himself to us through songs and Scriptures that praise Him in a biblical fashion. It was in such a state of worship that John began seeing heaven as described in Revelation 4: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” (verse 8) Granted, our worship on earth can’t compare to the worship in heaven, but it is the best place to begin.
As you worship the Lord—individually or corporately—imagine what worship in heaven will be like one day.
When we see even a small glimpse of God’s holiness, we will bow in worship. R. C. Sproul
McGee – Study of Revelation – Revelation 4:2-7 – Part 38