Scripture: Revelation 19:1-10
Key verse: (1) After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power to our God, for his judgments are true and just.”
Reflection: I love to sing! Singing in the car, singing in the shower, singing in church. Oh how I miss singing together in church. I have what choir directors call a “choir voice” which is a polite way of saying I don’t sing solos but I can blend in with a big group.
When we think about the book of Revelation, we might think about strange symbolism, and end time predictions, and violent warnings of judgment. But do we think about song? Revelation is full of song because it gives us a glimpse of the heavenly kingdom where the multitudes sing praises to God. In today’s passage the multitudes rejoice that Babylon (the symbolic evil city that probably represented Rome to the first century readers) fell. God has triumphed. Evil has been destroyed. Life has defeated death.
In response, the multitudes sing “Hallelujah” to glorify God. When you imagine it, do you hear the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah? Or do you hear a favorite hymn or worship song? Can you imagine your voice in that choir? Even if you don’t think of yourself as a singer (and believe me, everyone can sing) you are invited to sing praises to God for God’s goodness in your life. The joy of God’s goodness is so overwhelming that even non-singers join in the Hallelujah! Everybody sings to celebrate what God has done. Take a moment today to think about what God has done in your life, think about a time when you have known that God was with you through difficulty or a time when you experienced the triumph of goodness in the world. Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.
Prayer: For today’s prayer I invite you to watch and listen to this fun song of praise! I hope it brings a smile of joy to you.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].