Monday, February 25, 2013

Praise ye the Lord!

699.  "Praise ye the Lord!"
February 25, 2013
Revelation 19-Part 22


Everyone join me in singing:
Hallelu, hallelu,hallellu, hallelujah!
Praise ye the Lord!

Growing up in Sunday School, we often sang that chorus.
In heaven, there will be a whole lot of singin' goin' on. That 's because of the joyful hearts.

The transliteration of alleluia (Praise the Lord!), a Hebrew word, appears four times in the New Testament; all in this chapter-verses 1,3,4,6. However, it does occur frequently in the Old Testament Psalms.
John MacArthur gives us five reasons for their praise:
  1. God's deliverance of His people from their enemies. (verse 1)
  2. God's meting out of justice. (verse 2)
  3. God's permanent crushing of man's rebellion. (verse 3)
  4. God's sovereignty. (verse 6)
  5. God's communion with His people. (verse 7)
Sounds like some good reasons to me. Enemies are gone, justice is served, no more rebellion, god controls all, and we are with Him in heaven. What better is there?

The three attributes of God are mentioned in verse 1: Salvation, glory, and honor.
Each of these three great attributes of God should awaken its own response in the heart of man, and these responses taken together constitute real praise. The salvation of God should awaken the gratitude of man. The glory of God should awaken the reverence of man. The power of God is always exercised in the love of God, and should, therefore, awaken the trust of man. Gratitude, reverence, trust-these are the constituent elements of real praise. (W. Barclay)

How often do I show my gratitude, reverence, and trust to God?

O sing unto the LORD a new song; for He hath done marvellous things: His right hand, and His holy arm hath gotten Him the victory. The LORD hath made known His salvation: His righteousness hath He openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Ps. 98:1, 2, 4 KJV


There are several descriptions for Jesus/God as His servants, those that fear Him, both small and great offer Him praise:
  • God that sits on the throne,
  • Amen,
  • True and Righteous aer His judgments,
  • Lord God Omnipotent reigneth (All Powerful),
  • Faithful,
  • True,
  • The Word of God,
  • King of kings,
  • Lord of lords,
  • The Great God.
He deserves our praise, too!

I can't end this chapter without sharing that the beast/Antichrist, along with his false prophet and worshipers will be cast into the Lake of Fire. Restitution is coming, so read on into chapter 20 for the next post.

Who reigns upon the throne of my heart?
How often do I praise my Savior?
Where do I praise Him, only in church?
Do others hear me praising the Lord with song and words?


Praise ye the Lord, hallelujah!!!

Thank Him for salvation.

Reverence Him in all His glory.

Trust His powerful hands.

Sing His praises all day long with a joyful heart.

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