The Glory of the Father’s House

Read: Revelation 21:1-27

And the city had no need of the sun,…for the glory of God did lighten it. Revelation 21:23

A little girl was walking with her father along a country road. The night was clear, and the child was enthralled by the splendor of the sky, all lit up and twinkling with stars from one end to the other. After moments of reflection she suddenly looked up to her father and said, “Dad, I was just thinking, if the wrong side of heaven is so beautiful, how wonderful the right side must be!

In a sense her remark merely reflected the logic of child. In a higher sense she was echoing the words of the psalmist who, when pondering that the polka dotted canopy of the midnight sky, exclaimed, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Psalm 19:1

No human tongue or pen has ever succeeded in describing the glory, the grandeur, and the magnificence of the Father’s house above. That it is a place of entrancing beauty and matchless splendor the Apostle John indicates in the Book of Revelation by interpreting heaven’s glories in terms of costly jewels and precious gems and rarest metals.

How could heaven be anything else but beautiful? It is the habitation of our God, the royal palace of the King of Kings. To that palace our Savior has gone to prepare a place for us. Through faith in His redeeming mercy we shall ascend someday to His beautiful home beyond the skies, more exquisite, more glorious, more wonderful than human speech can tell.

   Jerusalem the golden, with milk and honey blest,
Beneath thy contemplation, Sink heart and voice oppressed,
I know not, oh, I know not, What joys await us there,
What radiancy of glory, What bliss beyond compare.

How has prayer helped you? How does your personal prayer time and communal prayer time in worship inform and feed you? Look for more stories of prayer in next week’s Monday Meditation.