There are some songs that just never grow old. Some lyrics you never get tired of. Some melodies that never cease to move you. I can think of a number of hymns that fit that bill. I’ve been around “contemporary Christian music” long enough to have experienced some of that with some of these “modern choruses.” I’ve had enough connection with some forms of “secular music” that I can identify one or two “classics” in that genre as well. Sometimes referred to as “golden oldies,” they create a nostalgic atmosphere, stir up emotions, and often are the catalyst to bring back memories. They are “oldies but goodies” . . . renewed and revived across generations . . . never losing their appeal.
Seems like heaven will have a similar dynamic at play . . .
And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire–and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are Your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. All nations will come and worship You, for Your righteous acts have been revealed.” (Revelation 15:2-4 ESV)
Those who conquer the beast during the great tribulation, that is, those who are faithful unto death, not bowing to the enemy nor taking the number of his name upon themselves, . . . these conquerors sing a song. An oldie but a goodie. The song of Moses.
I’m thinking it’s the song of Exodus 15. The song sung on the other side of the Red Sea. The song sung beneath the pillar of cloud on the morning after the night before.
It is the ancient song of deliverance. Of the God who has become “my salvation” (15:2) . . . of the God who is unlike any other god, “majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders” (15:11) . . . of the God who, in His steadfast love, leads out of captivity “the people whom You have redeemed” (15:13).
But it’s also a new song. A kind of remix. For it is also the song of the Lamb, the greater Deliverer. The One who, through the shedding of His own blood, and through the offering of Himself as the final atoning sacrifice, leads men and women, boys and girls, out of the bondage of sin and the tyranny of death. And those who have known such rescue cannot help but sing. Sing the old song in a new, not to be fully comprehended way.
It is the song of Moses . . . It is the song of the Lamb . . . It is, praise God, the song of the redeemed!
Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD, saying,
“I will sing to the LORD, for He has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and His rider He has thrown into the sea.
The LORD is my strength and my song,
and He has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise Him,
my fathers God, and I will exalt Him. . . .
till your people, O LORD, pass by,
till the people pass by whom You have purchased.
You will bring them in and plant them on Your own mountain,
the place, O LORD, which You have made for Your abode,
the sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.
The LORD will reign forever and ever.” (Exodus 15:1-2, 16b-18 ESV)
An oldie . . . but a goodie!
Because of grace . . . and for His glory.