The Glorious New Song
Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne:
"the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are You to take the book and break the seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth’"
Revelation 5: 8-10
This is the glorious "new song" that the elders sang to Jesus Christ. God has put this "new song" in our hearts too, hasn’t He? Yes we have within us a "new song" about our "Lamb" of God, Jesus Christ, Who was slain for us so He might purchase us for God, through His New Covenant blood (see Luke 22:19-20), in order that we would "be a kingdom and priests to our God."
What a glorious song our God has given us! In the whole of the Old Testament there was no greater blessing granted from God upon a faithful individual than that of being invited, as a reward, to "come near to Me to minister to Me" (Ezekiel 44:15) in the inner court, right next to the presence of God in the Holy of Holies. Now, under the New Covenant in which we live, every single believer begins their born-again life as a member of this "kingdom and priests" with the same blessed invitation to "come near to Me to minister to Me."
John, in his opening chapter of Revelation, dedicated this book to Jesus Christ saying, "To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood - and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father - to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen" (Revelation 1:5-6). My brothers and sisters, the more we sing this entire "new song" the more the reality of our call to be this "kingdom and priests" will arise in our hearts and the more the body of Christ will begin to hear this "new song." God has put a "new song" of joy in us, of belonging and oneness with Him, and reigning victory in this world, through our being bought-with-the-blood-of-Christ priests "to our God."
Stale religion only accepts the first part of the song, the "Jesus died for me" part. Stale religion avoids, at all costs, the second part of the song, the part about why Jesus died for us. Stale religion wants to feel close to God without actually being close to God. Whereas the "new song" God has given His true children is a song of life and love realized in who God has made us to be for Himself, namely, "a kingdom, priests to His God," that we may be as close as close can be to His presence, wisdom, power, purpose, and protection for our lives.
Sing the whole song church, beloved of God. Sing the whole "new song" and let us be who Christ has made us to be. All the living beings in heaven praise Jesus Christ for making us to be this kingdom of priests unto God. So, let us praise Jesus Christ as well and be this kingdom of priests unto God. Hallelujah!
If you're interested in hearing more from Reverend Wayne about this essential calling from God upon each of our lives, we recommend "One Thing I Have Asked" - a message series which explores this topic at length.