And they sang a new song
Most people sing in one way or another in their lives. Singing takes place in more areas of our life than we understand all the way into our private moments. People seem to be comforted because this seems to cheer and exhilarate us when we are feeling low. You may say, "Well I do not have a good voice" so you are just like me. If I had to depend on my singing for money I would be homeless but in heaven everyone sings. We will all have a good voice for the glory of God.
(9) "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; (10) And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. (11) And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; (12) Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. (13) And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. (14) And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped Him that liveth for ever and ever." Revelation 5:9 - 14.
Many songs for our day have deep feelings of the composer or singer. Often times love songs extol the characteristics of the lover and this theme has already become some of the most popular songs of all time. A ballad is a song that tells of a person's deep hopes and longings much like the Psalms in the Old Testament. The forms vary from A to Z. Sometimes these songs goes right up in our souls and we may even cry. I do not know what form the new song of the hosts in heaven sing to extol God. No one will be able to sing this new song without being overwhelmed with emotion. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain is only one attribute of Jesus Christ but observe the four beasts because they could not stop saying Amen. Then the elders literally fell down and worshipped because overwhelming emotion came upon them.
The object of their worship is the Lamb or the Lord Jesus Christ. The instruments used in their adoration will be harps and vials. Harps are instruments of praise and vials are full of sweet incense. This once again signifies the prayers of the saints. There is a purpose to this song that they will be singing after the rapture of the church and during the day of the Lord on earth. This passage says they will sing Thou art worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof. In other words they mention the grounds of this worthiness but their primary focus is on the merit of His sufferings and the souls of everyone will be overcome with thankfulness and joy. They will sing of the suffering of Jesus Christ because verse nine says Thou was slain. We can conclude that the fruits of His sufferings are redemption to God and High exaltation will be given to Him.
There is a doxology to this wonderful future worship because in verse eleven this is carried on by angels. They will be innumerable and be the attendants around the throne of God. Angels do not even need a Savior yet they rejoice in the redemption and salvation of sinners being saved by grace. They sing along with the Church He is worthy to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. This doxology will not only be for redeemed sinners saved by the shed blood of Jesus Christ but all creation will be redeemed. Obviously heaven will ring with very high praises to Jesus Christ. Verse thirteen shows us a song describing it as blessing, honour, glory and power. This in context is a song for all of creation. This song is to ... "Be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. The Lamb is the Mediator of our redemption. This song glorifies God for our creation and redemption. This passage shows us this sealed book is being passed with great solemnity from the hand of the Creator into the hand of the Redeemer.
Let me break down this entire passage. In verse nine the Bible says and they sung a new song, saying, Thou art so we have to go to --- "And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth." Revelation 14:3. This is a whole different group in a whole different context at a different time period in the future but they are probably singing a similar song because one truth we do understand from this verse is they were redeemed from the earth. Obviously they were grateful. In Revelation 5:9 when Jesus Christ was the One worthy to take the book and open the seals remember, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." Revelation 4:11. The verse says Jesus Christ was slain but we already reviewed this in Revelation 5:6. Jesus Christ redeemed us to God and I find it interesting that, "After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;" Revelation 7:9. To speak in the most general terms Jesus Christ redeems and this great multitude could not even contain themselves.
In Revelation 5:10 this verse tells us we were made unto God kings and priests. The apostle John wrote about this in the beginning of chapter one. "And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." Revelation 1:6. Revelation 5:10 also says we will reign on the earth. "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years." Revelation 20:4. See how the Bible repeats itself so we understand that the word of God is the divine design from the Triune Godhead.
Let me give you some more examples. In Revelation 5:11 we see the beasts and the elders were around the throne. In Revelation 4:6 we see the four beasts were around the throne. In verse twelve Jesus Christ is described as worthy. Revelation 1:6 tells us that our worthy Savior who is Jesus Christ will be given glory and dominion for ever and ever.
I need to move on because I do not want to repeat myself but there is so much more because in Revelation 5:13 every creature in heaven, on earth and under the earth are praising the Lamb for ever and ever. "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;" Philippians 2:10. The apostle Paul wrote Philippians at a different time period but we see John was told to write the same thing in Revelation chapter five.
As we can see the book of Revelation is an amazing book. If one really understands the whole Bible this book is not difficult to comprehend. I get excited when I see that my future is going to be with Jesus Christ. If you do not know the Lord now may be a good time to accept Jesus Christ into your heart as your personal Savior and Lord by repenting of all your sins and inviting the Son of God in your life. There are two futures --- one is wonderful and the other is horrible. When I read these verses I desire Jesus Christ to be in my life and eternity.
God bless you,