Revelation Song - A song devotional

Revelation Song - A song devotional

Jennie Lee Riddle


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Devotional

“Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”” Revelation 4:8, NIV.

Revelation is a book of warning and worship — stark, intense prophetic pictures and exhortation about things to come, framed with astounding images of multitudes of the redeemed, elders and living creatures intensely singing and speaking praise to the Lord God who has redeemed them.

Examining those prophetic pictures has already consumed numerous people, writing numerous volumes over numerous years. People are still writing and discussing those implications today, and will do so until the things in this final book of the Bible come to pass. But the simple truth is that the book starts and ends with worship.

“On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit...” (Rev. 1:10, NIV)

“I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, ‘Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!’” (Revelation 22:8,9, NIV)

Looking at this final book of the Bible, it is actually more like “Revelation Songs.” From John’s first glimpse of heaven to the final “Maranatha!”, there are seven major moments of heavenly worship which get taken down almost as if they’re dictated by Heaven itself. And, when God writes a lyric, it’s a good one!

These passages have furnished us with an incredible worship vocabulary—one that magnifies and exalts the King of Kings and Lord of Lords like no other. Perhaps that’s just as well — we’d better learn them and get used to them because it’s already going on in the Lord’s presence, and we’re going to be singing them for a very long time!

We get a peek at eternity present, past and future — pictures of 24 elders, four living creatures, “many” angels (10,000 x 10,000), the “144,000,” a “great multitude,” all nations, peoples and tongues and finally “every creature in heaven, on earth and under the earth” (5:13)—all engaged in united, massive, passionate, engaging praise to the Lamb who was slain!

Take time to look at these snapshots of the songs of Revelation:

  • 4:8-10 – “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty...”
  • 5:8-14 – “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain...”
  • 7:9-12 – “Salvation belongs to our God...”
  • 11:15-18 – “And He shall reign forever and ever...”
  • 14:1-3 – The voice of many waters; singing a new song
  • 15:2-4 – The Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb
  • 19:1-7 – “Hallelujah! For the Lord God Almighty reigns!”

“Revelation Song” refers to most of these, and places them within a setting that stimulates and encourages praise. There’s something powerful about singing God’s songs back to Him — He loves it and responds with a greater sense of His love and His presence in our lives. Start practicing for heaven now!

Application

• When it comes to time with God, instead of having a “quiet time,” have a “loud time” - it’s Biblical! Look again at the scenes depicted in the book of Revelation. Where can you go on your own to worship God with that kind of intensity and passion? Try using some of these words from the book of Revelation with your own melodies.

• "Revelation Song" by Jennie Lee Riddle is a tremendously effective worship song, but many other great songs and hymns have come from these passages. How many of them can you identify?

• Think about using this song for worship with your team as you prepare to lead in your services. It sets the right tone and focus you want as you endeavor to usher people into God’s presence.

 

By Fred J. Heumann
© 2014 Integrity Music, a division of David C Cook


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