16 And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying, “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign. 18 The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.”
When we think about God getting all the glory, we often only think about the good things that happen in our lives, we often only consider the positive side of his glory. But throughout the Scriptures God is glorified through his acts of righteous judgment as well. This does not mean that God has a grin on his face with a maniacal look as he pours out his wrath upon all who are in rebellion of him. Remember God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. However, it does mean that God’s holiness is upheld, his righteousness is vindicated, his place as sovereign over this universe is put into its proper perspective when the wicked are judged. The world belongs to God and God alone. He put Adam in stewardship over it who then handed it to Satan, but through the death of Christ God has taken it back for he defeated our enemies – sin, death and the devil, and by doing so he has restored what Adam lost. But the fullness of the restoration will come at the end of days when he will rule the world over all the nations and those in rebellion will suffer his wrath, but those who are his own will be rewarded. These things are not very positive to think about, but they are what God has revealed to us and in that revelation we should worship our God with all reverence and fear just like the twenty-four elders fell on their faces before God.