I love reading and studying God’s Word.
I love the way God’s love is communicated from Genesis through Revelation . . . His love given to His creation through the promise and ultimate victory of Jesus.
I love the way the Holy Spirit guided 40 different writers to pen 60 books and letters over 1500 years all with one central theme:
God’s love and desire to know and be known by individual people and the price He paid by giving His only Son, Jesus, so that He might have a personal relationship with anyone and everyone who will humbly place their trust in Him.
In today’s chapter, John wrote:
I saw in heaven another marvelous event of great significance. Seven angels were holding the seven last plagues, which would bring God’s wrath to completion.Revelation 15:1
But first, God showed him this beautiful scene of worship and praise…
I saw before me what seemed to be a glass sea mixed with fire. And on it stood all the people who had been victorious over the beast and his statue and the number representing his name. They were all holding harps that God had given them. And they were singing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:Revelation 15:2–4
“Great and marvelous are your works,
O Lord God, the Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations.
Who will not fear you, Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship before you,
for your righteous deeds have been revealed.”
You and I can be victorious over sin, death, and the power of the enemy of our souls because Jesus won that victory.
Jesus is the Lamb…
“Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”John 1:29
The One whose birth we celebrate this week is the One who makes the scene above possible.
He makes it possible for us to worship and praise when we’re tempted to live in fear and desperation.
We have God’s promises to keep us strong and fearless . . . by His grace, mercy, and love we are safe and secure in His care forever and ever and always.
A Prayer of Worship and Praise
Father, thank you for loving us so much that you sent Jesus to suffer our punishment. Thank you for His life, death, and resurrection. And thank you for wanting us to know the details of His life and Your love. Your Word is full of hope and promise. It shows me my sin and shows me that Your love is greater. It makes it possible for me to know You and grow in faith. It is the sword of the Spirit that helps me fight my spiritual battles.
Thank you for giving us glimpses of the glories of heaven . . . for giving us an image of the victorious worship and praise of those who remain faithful to the end.
I worship You, for who You are and for all You have done and continue to do for me every day. I thank and praise You! You are Lord of All, Lamb of God, the Alpha and Omega, El-Shaddai, Lord God Almighty, Abba Father, Comforter, Deliverer, Eternal, Faithful and True, the Great I AM! I love You. I give my life to You. Please help me live each day for the glory of Your Holy Name. Amen.
The enemy of our souls wants us to focus on the terrible frightening things happening in the world around us. He wants us to doubt God’s love and His ability to love and protect us.
He also wants us to read about an image of individuals with harps singing the Song of Moses and picture the longest most boring church service we’ve ever attended.
But that’s why we read the whole account of Scripture. Paul wrote, “no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9) And later in Revelation, we will read of gates made of pearl and streets of gold. (Revelation 21)
In heaven, we will celebrate without tears, or pain, or death . . . we will experience peace and joy that last forever. And that is a hope that defeats all fear and desperation today.
On today’s note write:
I will worship and praise the King of kings and Lord of lords. I love the Great I AM!
May you be blessed today as you worship the Christ of Christmas, the One who makes all things possible.
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