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Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Sound of Mighty Thunderings

As I reflect on these truths, Lord, may I come to love You more deeply and praise You more freely. Amen

"Alleluia!" ... Again they said, "Alleluia!" ... Amen Alleluia!" ... And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, "Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!" (Revelation 19:1, 3, 4, 6)

Praise the Lord is the refrain that will resound through heaven as the marriage of the Lamb is celebrated! There are four stanzas of hallelujahs in these verses, and each has a specific focus for the praise being proclaimed. Stanza one praises God for the redemption of the saints (v. 1). What God purposed before He founded the world, what was set in motion at Calvary, is now about to be fully consummated.

Stanza two praises God for the retribution of the sinner (vv. 2-3). God has judged the world and dealt righteously with sin. He has set things right. He has avenged the blood of the martyrs of all ages. And He has caused satan's kingdom to come crashing own. His justice has prevailed.

In stanza three there is praise for the relationship of the saved. A voice from the throne affirms that the Lord is our God and we are His servants (v. 5).

The fourth stanza offers praise for the reign of the Saviour. The One Who has been despised and rejected will now be exalted! Finally, Jesus takes over as King of kings and Lord of lords! And every knee is going to bow to Him.

The praises from the vast multitude in heaven are thunderous and effusive (v. 6). Just think of the sound of a roaring crowd in a massive stadium. Then add to that the deafening sound of crashing waterfalls. And put some booing thunder in the mix, trying to envision the mightiest crescendo of majestic sound you could ever imagine! And yet we still cannot conceive of the grand fortissimo of these eternal praises to our great God.

The thought of being there one day to join in that mighty song should make us want to shout, "Hallelujah!"

~Adrian Rogers~

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