Journey Through The Bible
Old Testament Reading: Joshua 19-21
New Testament Reading: Revelation 15
I also saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had won the victory over the beast, its image, and the number of its name, were standing on the sea of glass with harps from God. They sang the song of God’s servant Moses and the song of the Lamb: Great and awe-inspiring are your works, Lord God, the Almighty; just and true are your ways, King of the nations. Lord, who will not fear and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All the nations will come and worship before you because your righteous acts have been revealed (Revelation 15:2-4).
John saw a magnificent sign in heaven that inspired awe. Seven angels with the seven last plagues appeared and one of the four living creatures handed them the seven golden bowls. As these Bowl Judgements are poured out, God’s wrath will be completed.
As John watches the event unfold before him, music pours forth from heaven as those Tribulation Saints who are victorious over the beast sing their praise. Their song of praise pays tribute to Moses and the Israelites, who also sang when they were delivered from slavery in Egypt (Exodus 15). The tribulation saints whom John saw and heard were standing by the sea of glass in heaven, just as the Israelites stood by the Red Sea and sang their praises.
When Israel returned from captivity in Babylon, re-established their government, and restored temple worship, they sang the same song of praise at the dedication service (Psalm 118). Isaiah prophesied that when God shall call His people back to their land, they will sing this song again (Isaiah 12). The Song of Moses is indeed an important hymn of the Jewish nation.
In their song, the Tribulation Saints praise God’s works and His ways. God’s works are great and marvelous, and His ways are just and true. The Lord is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works (Psalms 145:17).
As the signers seek to glorify God and honor Him, they proclaim the righteousness of God’s judgements that were announced and are about to be manifested. Lord, who will not fear and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All the nations will come and worship before you because your righteous acts have been revealed (Revelation 15:4).
Sometimes only a song can express our gratitude, emotions, and praise. We cannot help but burst into psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Eph 5:19) when we meditate on our deliverance from sin and death by our Savior Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit’s counsel, and the Father’s great love. When we praise the Lord in song and worship Him for all He has done for us, we are in good company.