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Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, c. 547.

Today’s Bible reading

After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying,

“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, singing,

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and might
be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” – Revelation 7:9-12

More thoughts for meditation

We are back in the Pentecostal liturgy for today’s song. Kari Jobe’s Revelation Song is played like a statement of allegiance to wake up the world – a rebellion. This time there is jumping – walking and leaping and praising God like the healed man in the Temple that time.

We start with being called into the praise of God’s holiness. Then the team brings it down for a time for meditation on the name Jesus. At the mention of His name there is a magical moment: “Your name alone. Jesus!”  It is a moment for wonder, awestruck wonder. Jesus’ name is power, breath, and living water. We are entering the mystery. Then all heaven breaks loose: cacophony and quite a bit of jumping. These worship leaders are like a cheer-leading squad uniting people on the side of team Jesus.

The repeating theme of the song comes from Revelation 5. Again, we are invited into the scene. We are doing the word and claiming our place among the saved, gathered around the throne where the wounded lamb sits. We are privileged to enter in, regardless of our background, status, disability or emotional/psychological condition. Give it a try.

In 2004, Kari Jobe came into the Christian music spotlight with her performance of this song while she was still attending Christ for the Nations Institute – an innovative Bible College in Dallas. After graduation, Jobe accepted an invitation to serve as associate worship pastor at Gateway Church. Now she lives in Nashville with her new son, tours with her new album and runs online worship with her husband. They have become millionaires.

Suggestions for action

Listen to the song again and let it be a hope song. In Revelation 6, the impatient martyrs resting under the throne of God cried out for justice. In 7:4 the twelve tribes times twelve thousand people per tribe are suffering in battle with the powers of evil, but the seer hears the future being born. In verse 9 he looks and sees a vast international, multi-racial, multi-lingual throng of people so great that no one could count it. It is a bold hope that can see this future from a cave on Patmos where John has been exiled!

We’re patiently impatient. We’re suffering whether we are effectively in the battle or not. But the victory is coming. We are invited to look. In the middle of whatever you face, you are invited to look.

If you help to lead us in worship, what is Kari Jobe and the book of Revelation teaching you?