Heaven’s Shelter and Shepherd

Hovering over the latter part of Revelation 7 this morning. What an awesome sight John beholds. A great multitude. Literally beyond numbering. A diverse gathering. From every nation. Representatives from all tribes and peoples and languages. Diverse, yet all wearing the same thing. White robes. All the robes made white by the same purifying and cleansing agent. The blood of the Lamb. And this massive multitude is gathered to one place. Before the throne and the Lamb in the midst. And this massive multitude is gathered for one purpose. To worship!

“Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

(Revelation 7:10b ESV)

What a sight. How does John take it in? Myriads and myriads of shining white robes as far as the eye can see. Did John have to shield his eyes? And the sound of this great throng crying out in unison with a loud voice? Did he have to cover his ears? Yet, despite the sensory overload, this great gathering pales in comparison to the great God they stand before. The One sitting on the throne still commanding all attention. The Lamb in the midst never ceasing to be preeminent.

But what really grabs me this morning is that while the multitudes worship, the Father and Son still minister. Though the many people may sing, the Triune God still serves. They are His servants, He is their Shelter and Shepherd.

“Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will shelter them with His presence. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and He will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

(Revelation 7:15-17 ESV)

A Shelter and a Shepherd. Protection and provision. Shielded from hunger and thirst. Guided to springs of living water. Such is the on-going ministry of the God who loves His people . . . and loves them to the uttermost.

And I can’t help but think that what will be experienced then face to face we now see, though dimly. Though we are yet to fully know what it is like to be under the protective shelter of God’s presence, by faith we enter our day knowing He has promised never to leave us nor forsake. His presence provided through His Spirit. His shelter experienced as He guards our hearts and minds with a peace that passes understanding.

Moreover, though we long to see the Great Shepherd and have Him welcome us to that place He is preparing for us, we rise knowing the Good Shepherd who laid down His life for the sheep. And by faith we hear and known His voice through the Helper He has left with us. Though, at times, we may feel dry and depleted, out of our hearts flow rivers of living water through His all-sufficient provision.

And so, even now we get a foretaste of what it will be for the hunger to be satisfied, the thirst to be quenched, and the tears to be wiped away. And by faith we await that time when we will know, up close and so very personal, heaven’s Shelter and Shepherd.

By His grace. For His glory.

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