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Apr 28

Salvation Belongs Our God

One of my favorite things about psalms, hymns and spiritual songs is finding scripture woven within the songs we sing. The 23rd Psalm, “The Lord’s My Shepherd,” Lamentations 3, “The Steadfast Love of the Lord” as well Psalm 121, “Unto the Hills” are songs we sing that quote almost verbatim the text. Recently I have been introduced to several ‘newer’ songs that come straight from God’s word, revelation 7but for the next few minutes consider the words of John as he records a vision from Revelation chapter 7.

The vision John wrote about in Revelation chapter 7 is a look into the throne room of God. How did the saints who stood before God’s throne react to being in the presence of the Almighty? Read what he saw, then listen to the song. “…I looked and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’ And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, ‘Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” (NAS)

The second verse doesn’t come from the book of Revelation, it comes from the redeemed as we continue to sing. “And we the redeemed shall be strong in purpose and in unity, declaring aloud… PRAISE AND GLORY, WISDOM AND THANKS, HONOR AND POWER AND STRENGTH belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

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