Special Note: This will be the last devotional in this series. I have been writing these since the middle of March and feel like I must take a sabbath break. I apologize for the abruptness of this announcement. However, I believe I have hit the proverbial wall and need some time to regroup. Hopefully, you have found these helpful over the last few months.
Before reading the passage, grab a pen and paper, find a quiet place, take a few deep breaths and let them out slowly. Release some tension with each breath. God is with you. God loves you. God is listening.
We conclude our look at various passages in the New Testament that feature a poetic/hymnic style with this selection from Revelation.
As you read the passage, what are the feelings that are stirred up in you? What is familiar to you? What is unfamiliar? What seems confusing?
Revelation 15:3-4 (NET)
3 They sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb:
“Great and astounding are your deeds,
Lord God, the All-Powerful!
Just and true are your ways,
King over the nations!
4 Who will not fear you, O Lord,
and glorify your name, because you alone are holy?
All nations will come and worship before you
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
*Biblical Studies Press. The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible. Biblical Studies Press, 2005.
Close your eyes and be still for a minute.
Open your eyes. Write down a few notes about what you observed in the passage and in yourself. Write down any questions or thoughts that you would like to remember for later.
Read the passage again with the following in mind. This song from Revelation has a complicated context. However, for our purposes, it is enough to focus on the immediate context and the words of the song itself. This is a song of the faithful in the heavens standing beside a sea of glass mixed with fire. This setting reminds us of the Israelites standing upon the shores of the Red Sea in victory during the Exodus. At that time Moses sang a song of victory and praise to God (Exodus 15:1-18). Now, a similar song is sung on a cosmic scale beside a cosmic sea. In this new exodus, all of humanity is being led to salvation by the Lamb (Jesus).
After you have read the passage a second time, close your eyes and be still for a minute.
Open your eyes.
As you meditate on these verses, think about what is being attributed to God. Who is the true ruler of the universe? Who is included as being under God’s rule? Why is it important that God’s ways are “just and true”?
This hymn reminds us of God’s rule and care for the people of all nations. It envisions all of creation under one kingdom, God’s kingdom. How does this heavenly vision of the nations conflict with how we often view them from our more earthly perspective? What are some of the teachings of Jesus that can lead us to a more heavenly perspective of the world, the nations, and our neighbors?
What is the Spirit leading you to pray for today?