Friday, October 30, 2015
Revelation 5:11-13 English Standard Version (ESV)
11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,12 saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
Isaiah 61:1-4 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Year of the Lord’s Favor
61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
4 They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
Scripture Reflection –
Starting with Revelation today – and reading that myriads of myriads AND thousands of thousands are praising the Lamb – oh, I can’t wait to see that! Not only that – but EVERY creature in heave and earth and under the earth and sea – giving glory to God! Yes – He is worthy!
But it isn’t just in heaven that we will praise God. In Isaiah, this passage talks about all that we can do NOW. Bring good news to the poor. Bind up the brokenhearted. Proclaim liberty to the captive. Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Comfort those who mourn. Why? God gives beauty for ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit, SO we can be oaks of righteousness – God’s planting SO THAT HE MAY BE GLORIFIED! What am I wearing today? Am I wearing a garment of praise? Am I robed in praises to Him? Am I bringing glory to HIM?
That is why we sing – O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing – God’s praises and His triumphs. Oh God, help me today to proclaim and praise You – to bring honor to Your Name. Your power to save, to heal, to give life and peace – praise to Your Name! Forgiving sin, setting us free from sin and it’s power over us, cleansing us from sin, bringing new life and joy – praise to Your Name! My one voice – I lift to You today. And – if I had a thousand, I would use them, too. To bring Praise to Your Name.
O FOR A THOUSAND TONGUES TO SING
by Charles Wesley, 1749
O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace!
My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honors of Thy Name.
Jesus! The Name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease;
Tis music in the sinner’s ears,
Tis life, and health, and peace.
He breaks the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.
He speaks, and, listening to His voice,
New life the dead receive,
The mournful, broken hearts rejoice,
The humble poor believe.
Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Savior come,
And leap, ye lame, for joy!
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (David Crowder Band) –
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (Promise Keepers) –