Hallelujah!

“Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!” (Rev. 19:9) And with that declaration Revelation 19 stirs the heart and the imagination.

Christ is presented in His conquering glory as He is beheld on a white horse and bears the name of “Faithful and True!” (19:11) He leads the armies of heaven with eyes which are like a flame of fire and on His head are many crowns . . . He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood . . . and His name is called the Word of God.” (19:12:14) On His robe and on His thigh this name is written: “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” (19:16) He executes final judgment upon the earth — He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. (19:15)

And I’m reminded this morning that this Awesome One has called me to His marriage supper. Far from fearing His wrath, I’m reminded that a day awaits me when I will be “glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” (19:7) That I will stand ( or, more likely, be facedown) in the midst of His glory overwhelmed at my calling to His table. And what will I do? I will worship . . . I will declare His praise . . . I will be part of the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Revelation 19 is the only place in the New Testament where we find the word “Hallelujah!”

It will be the echo of heaven as “a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven say, ‘Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!” (19:1) . . . . as they rejoice over the putting down of the enemies of Good, “Hallelujah! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!” (19:3) . . . as a sound like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, cries out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!” (19:6) . . . as the twenty four elders and four living creatures again go facedown and worship God sitting on the throne, saying, “Amen! Hallelujah!” (19:4)

And who is leading this “Hallelujah Chorus?”

“Then a voice came from the throne, saying, ‘Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!’ ” (19:5). A voice from the throne of God . . . not God’s voice for He is the subject of the exaltation. Perhaps it is the voice of the Lamb in the midst of the throne (Rev. 5:6) who, as a Son, determines to, in all things, bring glory to the Father. Perhaps it is the voice of the seven-fold Spirit of God before the throne (Rev. 4:5) who desires to magnify the Father and Son. Or, maybe it’s just the “natural” calling heard by those who find themselves in the presence of God . . . “Praise our God, Shout Hallelujah!” burns within their heart.

The apostle John is so overwhelmed by it all that he falls down at the feet of his escort angel . . . as John tries to digest it all he feels compelled to humble himself and worship something . . . anything!! And the angel directs John to the only object worthy of his adoration, “Worship God!” (19:10)

What else is there left to do amidst such a wondrous sight . . . before such an awesome God . . . called by such a Wonderful Savior? And right there, in the middle of it all, there I’ll be!!! . . . part of the bride of Christ . . . the wife which has made herself ready! Amazing!! By the grace of God I have been invited . . . by the love of God the price for my admission has been paid . . . by the gift of faith from God I have RSVP’d, “Yes! I’ll come . . . O Lamb of God, I come!!” How overwhelming to imagine the marriage celebration which awaits me . . . to be part of that heavenly chorus.

How I look forward to being part of that choir. . . to fall at His feet in worship and adoration . . . to sing at the top of my lungs, “Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! And again, Hallelujah!”

Amen?

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