Some thoughts from 2010 that stirred my soul this morning . . .
“Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
(Revelation 19:9 ESV)
And with that declaration Revelation 19 stirs the heart and the imagination.
Christ is presented in His conquering glory (19:11-16) as He is beheld on a white horse bearing the name “Faithful and True!” He leads the armies of heaven with eyes like a flame of fire. On His head are many crowns. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called “the Word of God.” On His robe and on His thigh are written another name, “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” And He executes final judgment upon the earth. He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
And I’m reminded this morning that this Awesome One has called me to His marriage supper.
Far from fearing His coming wrath, I’m reminded that the day awaits me when I will be “rejoice and exult and give Him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Bride has made herself ready” (19:7). That I will stand (or, more likely, be facedown) in the midst of His glory and be overwhelmed at my calling to His table. And what will I do? I will do what heaven does. 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!” Four times it echoes throughout heaven, each time echoing as well within my soul. If “holy, holy, holy” is the rhythm of heaven (Rev. 4:8), then this will be the crescendo of heaven.
The volume of heaven will steadily increase until “a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven say, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.” (19:1)
. . . as they rejoice over the putting down of the enemies of God, “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes 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 our God the Almighty 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 spurring on this “Hallelujah Chorus?”
And from the throne came a voice saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants, you who fear Him, small and great.” (Revelation 19:5 ESV)
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, purposes in all things to 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 only 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 as “Praise our God, Shout Hallelujah!” burns within their hearts.
The apostle John is so overwhelmed by all he sees and hears 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 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 God I have received the faith to RSVP, “Yes! I’ll come. O Lamb of God, I come!!”
How overwhelming to imagine the marriage celebration which awaits and to be part of the crescendo of heaven.
How I look forward to being part of that choir. To falling at His feet in worship and adoration. To singing at the top of my lungs, “Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” And again, “Hallelujah!”
All because of amazing grace . . . all for His unending glory.