And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested.”
- Who is singing this song? – Those who have victory over the beast, over his image, over his mark, over his name. These are martyrs who have given their lives during the great tribulation.
Here is a picture of the redeemed of the Lamb. They are singing and playing their harps on the sea of glass around God’s throne. They are singing the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb.
Exodus 15:1-19 – Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and spoke, saying:
“I will sing to the Lord, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea! The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him. The Lord is a man of war; The Lord is His name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea; His chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea. The depths have covered them; They sank to the bottom like a stone. “Your right hand, O Lord, has become glorious in power; Your right hand, O Lord, has dashed the enemy in pieces. And in the greatness of Your excellence You have overthrown those who rose against You; You sent forth Your wrath; It consumed them like stubble. And with the blast of Your nostrils the waters were gathered together; the floods stood upright like a heap; the depths congealed in the heart of the sea. The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my desire shall be satisfied on them. I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.’ You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them; they sank like lead in the mighty waters. “Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? You stretched out Your right hand; the earth swallowed them. You in Your mercy have led forth the people whom You have redeemed; You have guided them in Your strength to Your holy habitation. “The people will hear and be afraid; sorrow will take hold of the inhabitants of Philistia. Then the chiefs of Edom will be dismayed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling will take hold of them; all the inhabitants of Canaan will melt away. Fear and dread will fall on them; by the greatness of Your arm they will be as still as a stone, till Your people pass over, O Lord, till the people pass over whom You have purchased. You will bring them in and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance, in the place, O Lord, which You have made for Your own dwelling, the sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established. “The Lord shall reign forever and ever.”
Note the similarities between the Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb
- God is being praised
- The people are no longer captives of Pharaoh or of Satan
- The Egyptians are being destroyed – the beast is about to be destroyed
- The people are rejoicing in victory
- Acknowledgement is made that the Lord will reign forever and ever
- Following judgment of sin, the Lord reigns forever and ever
Seven things we see in these two songs of praise
- God is our song
- God is our salvation
- God is the strong one
- God is all powerful
- God is able to subdue all enemies
- God is God!
- We are not defeated! – As we look around us at the sin in the world that at times seems to be everywhere and almost overwhelming, we may begin to feel defeated. But Satan is a liar. He is the one who is defeated.
1 John 4:4 – You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Philippians 2:9-11 – Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
- Praise Him NOW – You may not feel like praising Him, you may be sick, tired, discouraged. But praise Him NOW.
- God is “enthroned” or lives in our praises. Praising God brings us into His presence.
Psalm 22:3 – But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.
- Praise is pleasant (satisfying, enjoyable) and beautiful.
Psalm 147:1 – Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.
- Praise opens our heart to trust in God and know that He will deliver.
Psalm 42:5 – Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.
- We need to help our children to see what God has done and, even in difficult times we need to set the example of trusting God.
Psalm 78:4 – We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord,
and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.
- Let’s praise Him!!!
- What a Mighty God We Serve
- Great and Mighty is the Lord Our God
- Glory to His Name
- How Great Thou Art
- Praise Him! Praise Him!
- Great is Thy Faithfulness
- Holy, Holy, Holy