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Revelation Praise Songs (Revelation 5.9)

"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)✞

From Every Tribe

Blue painting of singers with a new songOne of the great things about the Book of Revelation is that it is the book of new things. There is the "new name" in Revelation 2.17, the "new Jerusalem" in 3.12 and the "new Revelation praise songs" in Revelation 5.9. The "new heavens and the new earth" appear in Revelation 21.1, and there is the great promise that "God makes all things new" in Revelation 21.5. The Revelation praise song that the four living creatures and the elders sang were also "a new song."

A New Song

Praise LettersThe phrase, a new song, is very common in the Psalms where it is an outburst of praise for the mercies of God. "Sing to him 'a new song'" says Psalm 33.3. "O sing a new song to the Lord, for he has done marvelous things" we hear called out in Psalm 98.1. Psalm 144.9 adds, "I will sing a new song to thee, O God" and Psalm 149.1 urges "Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful."

With Your Blood

Praise the Lord PeopleThe nearest parallel to the Revelation praise songs in the Old Testament comes from Isaiah 42.9 where God declares new things and the prophet calls upon humans to sing to the Lord "a new song." Let us consider carefully this new Revelation song, "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. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."

"Revelation Praise Songs"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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