Haven’t you ever seen those science fiction stories where it’s discovered that our universe is actually growing underneath a leaf in a puddle in a much bigger world? Haven’t you seen those kinds of science fiction approaches? The idea being in those stories is what we think is Main Street of reality is actually a dark kind of side alley.
That’s what the book of Revelation is telling you right here. It’s saying, “What if there was an ultimate reality, a kind of bright mountain range compared to which this world is just a cramped, freezing cave? What if there was an ultimate reality of which this world is just a kind of broken and dim reflection?” If that was true, imagine the impact it would have on you if you saw it. Things that here seem so significant and powerful you would suddenly realize they’re not. Things that don’t look very significant and powerful you would suddenly realize they are. It would turn your life upside down.
Tim Keller on the vision of Revelation 4 & 5. 
After the vision of the risen Christ with his people on earth (1:9-3:22), John is taken up into heaven (4:1). This gives the whole prophecy two starting points: The situation of the seven churches, as perceived and addressed in Christ’s messages to them, and the vision of God’s sovereignty in heaven. It is the latter which makes it possible for John to enlarge his readers’ perspective on their own situation by setting it within the broader context of God’s universal purpose of overcoming all opposition to his rule and establishing his kingdom in the world. In chapter 4 God’s sovereignty is seen as it is already fully acknowledged in heaven. This establishes it as the true reality which must in the end also prevail on earth. On earth the powers of evil challenge God’s role and even masquerade as the ultimate power over all things, claiming divinity. But heaven is the sphere of ultimate reality: what is true in heaven must become true on earth. Thus John is taken up into heaven to see that God’s throne is the ultimate reality behind all earthly appearances. Having seen God’s sovereignty in heaven, he can then see how it must come to be acknowledged on earth.
Richard Bauckham, The Theology of the Book of Revelation

Not much better than watching the sun set over the Pacific, listening to my daughter jump into a pool over and over and over again, giggling as she plays some unknown game with some of your closest friends, while your son confides with you some deep longings (even for a nine year old), and your wife sits and reads with your oldest daughter just across the patio.

There is a certain kind of sickness to the way our hearts will take the best of things… I mean the absolute best of things- pious things. Godly things. Generally worshipful things. Our hearts will take these prayers, these bible readings, these hours of study and good works and our hearts… My heart, will hide there. Not wanting to face God or deal with God, fearing rejection or disappointment or worse, silence. I do stuff. Good stuff. Stuff I would do if I were experiencing rich communion with Him. But instead it all gets performed as an elaborate cover up. A cover for my spiritual shallowness or my raw, selfish ambition, or the way much of my life is mired in fruitless drifting. I cover it all over with discipline and rigor and the pretense that it all means I know that I am experiencing communion with this God. But it indicates no such thing. It soothes my conscience for a bit. It silences the voice calling me to prayer. It grants some, seeming, desperately needed reprieve from the Hound. But in the end it’s all a hoax. It isn’t real. It’s a discipline, a to do list, something I should do in order to avoid actually having to deal with God - and perhaps, an elaborate way of avoiding actually having to deal with my own heart and the devastating inconsistencies in my own life. I use the very means He ordained as a way to avoid going to Him.

But you see, we must go to Him.

There is no avoiding it, and there is no need for avoiding it. Communion with Him is our deepest need, and the most desperate longing we cover over and stuff and bury deep. Oh, pray and read and study and sing and love and order your life, but do these as a means. Do these beautiful things as a sort of drinking at the fountain of God. We can use all manner of things to avoid God. They might be moral or immoral. They might be religious or irreligious. But we must eventually, all of us, go to Him. The only real joy is to be found here. The only real cleansing is to be found here. The only real drinking is to be found here. Go to Him.

Delight grows in the garden of discipline. But aimless hoeing in the garden does not bear fruit. Aim at communion. Aim at confession. Aim at joy. Set your heart’s desire on Him and him alone. Drench yourself in the love of God for you in Jesus, and then go to Him. Know His love and comprehend His beauty… Go to Him.

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19 ESV)

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