Our Priesthood, Our New Song, & Following The Lamb Wherever He Goes
Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne:
"They sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb"
Revelation 14: 3-4
Yesterday we beheld an awesome scene in heaven where "twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, and they sang a new song" (Revelation 5:8-9). The words of this song of praise and adoration to our Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, included, "You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God" (Revelation 5:9-10). Now, in today’s text from chapter 14 of Revelation, we see that "no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty four thousand." This is the same blood washed 144,000 we looked at a few days back from Chapter 7, seeing them ministering to the Lord as priests by serving day and night in the temple who, I said, represent the entire body of Christ.
The number twelve, in scripture, stands for God’s divine completion and fullness (12 tribes, 12 apostles, 12 gates to the city etc...). One hundred and forty four thousand is twelve thousand twelves, (12,000 x 12), meaning God’s absolutely final, complete, divine, fulfillment of all His people belonging to Him, as His beloved children and as a mature "kingdom and priests," just as He has always desired and stated.
Beloved, in this day it is only we, the body of Christ, who can learn this "new song." Only the truly redeemed can sing this song and, I add, it is only the truly redeemed who want to sing this "new song." We know Jesus Christ gave His all for us at Calvary so we want to give our all to Him, our Savior and High Priest, right now, honoring God by being Who He has created us to be. Besides, as priests unto our God, we have made a well-worn path into His presence where we have discovered our own abiding "fullness of Joy" (Psalm 16:11). So we know that responding to the call of our priesthood and singing our "new song" of Jesus Christ, and who He has made us to be, is the best blessing we can partake of in this life, for practicing our priesthood enriches and enlivens every single aspect of our lives in Christ.
So I say, let us all learn to radiantly sing our "new song" of redemption, belonging, and priesthood, to our Lord and to this world, for the singular purpose of honoring our God by being who He has made us to be, "a kingdom and priests to our God." So simple. So joyful. So directly God honoring. I’m so thankful and grateful we have this entire "new song" in our hearts. We are so blessed to bless our Lord in His presence. Yes, sing this "new song" of deliverance, redemption and priesthood to your Abba Father in His presence, and bless Him for blessing you. Hallelujah!