Words from the Heart for Tuesday March 28th, 2017
And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
Revelation 5:9 (NIV)
A New Song
The plan of God is for every person from every tribe, language, people, and nation to spend eternity with Him. He has made that possible because His blood can purchase anyone no matter who they are or where they are from. There are no boundaries for His love or the power of His blood.
I suspect that the vast majority of Canadians know that Lucy Maude Montgomery wrote the Anne of Green Gables books. I also suspect that, unless you hail from Prince Edward Island, you may not know that Montgomery wrote the words to a song that has become the provincial anthem of her beautiful island province. Titled “The Island Hymn,” Montgomery wrote the words in 1908 and the anthem was performed on May 22 of that year. The words are a prayer: Fair island of the sea, we raise our song to thee, the bright and blest; Loyally now we stand as brothers, hand in hand, and sing God save the land we love the best.” On May 7, 2010 the song was adopted, with both and English and French version, by the PEI Provincial Legislature as the provincial anthem.
Music has always been used by human beings to express emotion. As early on as Genesis 4:21 we hear about music. That verse tells us that the first musician was a man names Jubal, who played the harp and flute. Nothing can touch the heart as deeply as a meaningful song. And godly men and women have used music to express our praise to God, our love for Him, our determination to live for Him and Biblical truth. The book of Psalms was the song book of the people of Israel, and one day, when we get to Glory, we will hear for the first time the original tunes, many of which are named in the Bible. So it isn’t surprising that when the Bible speaks of the work that God does in our hearts it does so using the analogy of music. In Psalm 40:3 David speaks of putting a new song in his heart. And in Revelation 5:9 John tells us, in speaking of the heavenly elders, “And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.” There is coming a day like no other – when Jesus calls home all who belong to Him by faith. We will come from every language, people and nation. And we will sing a new song of eternal praise.
These have been words from the heart.