This devotional is one day of a 365 days devotional book entitled Living Hope for the End of Days that explores Revelation, the final book of God's Word; and is available at http://www.dtbm.org/
As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you meditate on the beauty of Jesus!
WEDNESDAY: The Song of Jesus
“Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested.”
—Revelation 15:3b-4, emphasis added
Revelation 15 contains the final song of the Scriptures. Both the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb, which are very similar in content, capture well the beauty of Jesus.
Although these victorious martyrs will sing two songs, the song of the Lamb is a song which only they could learn: They sang as it were a new song …; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth (Revelation 14:3).
These 144,000 who are with Christ will probably also know this song, will go out and share this message, and then their converts will sing it as well. We don’t know what it is, but through the eyes of John we see them singing this song and then breaking forth into this beautifully combined song of Moses and the song of the Lamb.
So here they are, these converts of the 144,000 Jewish missionaries, blessing the Lord! The song of Moses commemorated the greatest deliverance in the history of God’s people, Israel; and the victorious martyrs, brought through the sea of persecution to the promised land of heaven, will sing that song of Moses. But the martyrs will also have their own special song. Their song is drawn from the Old Testament. Note the lines of the song and the Old Testament foundations:
· “Great and marvelous are Your works” (from Psalm 92, 111, 98 and 139).
· “Just and true are Your ways” (from Psalm 145:17).
· “Who shall not fear … and glorify Your name” (from Psalm 86:9).
· “You alone are holy” (from 1 Samuel 2:2; Psalm 99:3; and Psalm 111:9).
· “All nations shall come and worship before You” (from Psalm 86:9).
· “For Your judgments have been manifested”—“The Lord has made known His salvation [victory]”—(from Psalm 98).
Do you see how this song is a complete recital of the Old Testament? Let us go through this special song of the Lamb and learn something that can affect our praise to God.
“Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty!” This very unique title of God is only used in Revelation, and it appears five times. Because saints praise God’s works, we are to worship His power, for God is omnipotent!
“Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!” Because saints praise God’s ways, we are to worship His plan, and the way that plan unfolds. That is why we should be so thankful in our lives even for the unchangeable features: the family God put us in, the body He put us in, and the place in life He gave us. We should not chafe against that.
Are you following God’s plan? Look at Revelation 14:4: … These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes …. That includes the plan of God—they will follow God’s plan; they will go the way God tells them to go. That is part of our worship; we are to worship God for His great hand leading us in our lives.
“Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy.” Because saints praise God’s wonders, we are to worship His perfections. God is perfect, but we are not. We should thus say to Him: “God, You are perfect in Your knowledge, perfect in Your ways, perfect in Your Word that You have revealed to us—and I worship You!”
We can cultivate our worship as we look at the power of God, the ways of God, and the wonders of His plan. You will never be disappointed if you wait for God’s perfect plan. God wants you to know His will more than you want to know it. It takes a long time to know His will because God is patient, and we are not. So God lets us chafe, fight, and struggle. Then when we don’t know where to turn, we turn to Him and He shows us His plan as we let His Word dwell in us.
“For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested.” Because saints praise God, we are to worship not only His plan but also His purposes. We are not going to be on earth when all this happens, but God is letting us know ahead of time what will occur. Why? So that we can marvel at how wonderful God is, and how He planned all this—and then tell others!
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