THE SONG OF THE LORD
"And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints" (Rev 15:3).
In times gone by, before Christ, the people sang the song of Moses (Ex 15:1-2), and afterwards their song was that of the Lamb. Both the song of Moses (deliverance from the world), and the song of the Lamb (initial salvation), is necessary and tremendous; but I tell you, now is the time for us to sing the Song of the Lord.
You see, when God created man, He put tabrets and pipes within him: "Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold; the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created" (Ezk 28:13). Why were we created with tabrets and pipes? So we would be able to speak, sing and praise God. But not only sing the songs that people write, but when the time came we could sing the Song of the Lord: but we are speaking of a spiritual song and not natural.
Man was born with a great musical instrument -- his voice. He uses his voice in words and song to express either himself or the Lord. Communication is like music. A musical performance is often called re-creative, because it comes from a previous created work of art written down by the composer -- whether from man or God. Thus, a musical performance is a partnership between composer and performer. He formed us with vocal cords, and a windpipe. The upper part of the windpipe contains the vocal cords. Ah, yes the windpipe. Do you know what goes through that pipe? -- the wind, the air. Spiritually speaking, it is the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4, John 3:8 ). God in the beginning gave us the tabrets and the pipes, and some time afterwards the Word -- Jesus. These three together, the Word, the Spirit, and the pipes, become a strong, forceful power. "...A threefold cord," as Solomon wrote, " is not quickly broken" (Eccl 4:12).
The scriptures tell us so much about this beautiful song. We read that we will sing a new song numerous times throughout the Bible. Yet most of the songs are only praises of adoration unto God and Jesus. There is a difference between just singing and praising God and the Song of the Lord. When we are praising God we are worshiping Him. But when we are singing the Song of the Lord we are revealing Jesus Christ. The following scriptures are examples of giving Him high praise, which are wonderful: but they are not necessarily the Song of the Lord. "Sing unto Him a new song; play skillfully with aloud noise" (Ps 33:2-3). "And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord" (Ps 40:3). "O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord all the earth" (Ps 96:1). "A Psalm, O sing unto the Lord a new song; for He hath done marvelous things: His right hand, and His holy arm, hath gotten Him the victory" (Ps 98:1). "I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee" (Ps 144:9). "Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation of saints" (Ps 149:1). "Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof" (Isa 42:10). All this verses of new songs speak of the saints, and even the rest of the world, singing praises unto God for the things He has done; but there is a NEW SONG that only a few will sing: "... They sung a NEW SONG, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation" (Rev 5:9). "And they sing a NEW SONG before the throne, and the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth" (Rev 14:3).
Have you ever meditated about this new song? What are the words? What is the melody? What is it all about? The NEW SONG is a song not sung before, and then only the hundred and forty four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth can learn the song.
Brethren, this is not a song that can be written on paper or set to natural music, and the 144,000 is not a number of people, like most everybody thinks. This is the quality in a people. For instance:
One Hundred signifies -- fullness, children of promise, Sons of God. Here are some of the scriptures that deal with fullness and Sons of God. "And of His fullness have all we received, and grace for grace" (John 1:16). "But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ" (Gal 4:4-7). And Abraham was a hundred years old when Isaac was born (Gen 21:5).
Forty is the number for being tested, tried, and proven. When we received the baptism of the Holy Spirit with fire (Mat 3:11) our testing by fire started. "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious then of gold that perisheth, through it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet 1:7). "Beloved think it not strange concerning the fiery trail which is to try you, as through some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy" (1 Ptr 4:12-13). "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him" (James 1:12). "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich: and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see" (Rev 3:18). How do we buy this gold tried in the fire? By being tested, tried and proven.
And four means -- creation. With this common understanding, the next few verses take on more meaning. We see here that man is God's creation. "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created He them" (Gen 1:27). "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul"( Gen 2:7)."This is the book of the generation of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; male and female created He them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created" (Gen 5:1-2).
Thousand, of course, means _ the full manifestation of God in the earth. Wow! What a difference, now that we know what the number 144,000 in reality means.
And the word redeemed says -- to buy back, to pay off as a promissory note, to recover, to free from captivity by paying a ransom. Jesus paid our ransom that He didn't owe, to redeem us. "Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and morning shall flee away" (Isa 51:11). "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give His life a ransom for many" (Matt 20:28, Mk 10:45). "Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time" (1 Tim 2:6).
These three qualities, tested, tried and proven, will prepare us to come into the fullness of God that Paul spoke of: "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, into a perfect man, into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Eph 4:13). So the redeemed (the 144,000 ) being a new creation of God, came through testings by fire into the full knowledge of the Son of God, while manifesting God's glory to all. In other words singing the Song of the Lord.
When we are living and walking with the Lord and He is our all in all, we shall sing this new song. To sing a song we have to have words and a melody. But this new song comes straight from heaven above, and no man will be writing it, because the NEW SONG is already written -- it is JESUS CHRIST. We find in the scriptures several places with this saying. "The Lord is MY strength and SONG, and He is become my salvation: He is my God, and I will prepare Him an habitation, my Father's God, and I will exalt Him" (EX 15:2). "The Lord is MY strength and SONG, and is become my salvation" (Ps 118:14). "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is MY SONG; He also is become my salvation" (Isa 12:2).
Yes JESUS CHRIST is the NEW SONG, not only He, but we are part of this beautiful song also, because we are His body. A few years back the Lord let me see this wonderful truth in the music scale. There are 8 notes, which are: DO - RE - MI - FA - SOL - LA - TI - DO. The first and the last are the same -- Jesus. He said I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the first and the last. Then there are six notes in the middle -- they are man, yes they are. We know and read that the number 6 means man (Rev. 13:18). Here we have Christ the beginning, the DO --man in the middle, the RE - MI - FA - SOL - LA - TI -- and Christ the ending, the DO, making up the whole body of Christ, or the musical scale. So that together we can sing the NEW SONG. You see, a musical performance is a partnership between composer and performer, as mentioned on page one. In Revelation 1:18 we find another example of scripture that goes along with this thought, that Jesus is the beginning and the ending, and man is in the middle. "I am He that lived, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore." This scripture speaks of Jesus Christ, but also refers to us. I am He that liveth, who is Jesus - the DO. That which was dead was not only Jesus, but man also -- the RE, MI, FA, SOL, LA, TI. And He who is alive for evermore is Jesus - the DO. Matthew 8:22 and Luke 9:60 tell us that man is dead, but in Christ we are all made alive (1 Cor 15:22). The first DO is a lower pitch (dead), and the last DO is a higher pitch (alive). When the first and the last begin to sound, it awakens those in between (man who is dead), and they rise in resurrection life as the Song is sung.
A Symphonic song is a harmony of sounds, that has four movements, up, down, the length, and the breath of it. I think Eph 3:18 refers to these four directions, that we "May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;" The Sons are tuning up, and when they begin to sing they will move up and down, the length and the breath of it, to reach every human being in this earth, that they may hear the Word and learn this new song also.
The Lord Jesus is the Chief Musician and the Director of the heavenly choir and our Song, He gives us the Word, Himself, to speak (sing), because He went before us. The Song of the Lord is the life of the inner man that we received from God. In the Song of the Lord there is the Word, and music, there is a melody, a harmony, and a clear sound. This clear sound has never been heard before except in Jesus. A song is a composition to be rendered by the voice, suited to poetry for musical expression. Music is the art of making harmonious combination of tunes. Melody is an arrangement of single notes in succession, and the Word is Jesus. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:1-2,14). And Harmony brings it all together, in union, a pleasing arrangement of parts to one another's agreement, a singleness of effect. We have to agree, be in one accord, and be in symphonic harmony with Christ when we are singing the SONG OF THE LORD. The word agree in Matthew. 18:19 is harmonious which comes from symphonio. Symphonies have always been played in the realm of God, and they have far transcended our natural ears. Because in God everything is in tune and perfect order.
We have so many songs, that people have written that we sing. Let us look at one of them; for it states very adequately what I am saying, and what the Lord showed me.
You are the words and the music
You are the song that I sing
You are the melody
You are the harmony
Praises to you I will bring
You are the Mighty God
You are the King of kings
You are the Lord of lords Now I return to you,
The Song you gave to me.
You are the song that I sing
Here we have been singing this beautiful song, and we really never saw what it said. That Jesus Christ is the New Song. What a privilege and honor to sing the Lord's Song. And God the Father has chosen us for this purpose. A song in scripture represents both praise and a message. When God first revealed Himself to us we were praising Him in song. Now, when we are speaking the Word, which is Jesus, the Spirit flows through our tabrets and pipes and we are sounding the trumpet. Which is that NEW SONG. What happens when we are sounding the trumpet? "... At the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible" (1 Cor 15:52). The dead shall be raised, WOW! What a savior we have. So "Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Sing forth the honour of His name: (nature) make His praise glorious" ( Ps 66:1-2). "I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations" (Ps 89:1). "I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea Thy law is within my heart. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, Thou knowest. I have not hid Thy righteousness within my heart, I have declared thy faithfulness and Thy salvation; I have not concealed Thy lovingkindness and Thy truth from the great congregation" (Ps 40:8-10). By doing God's will, by sharing what the Lord showed us, and by simply manifesting Him in our lives, we are singing His song. "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him" (Ps 28:7). The New Song is the revealing of Jesus Christ, and it has the power and force to set creation free, and we are the singers. So the song that I sing is my Lord Jesus Christ. Let us give thanks to God the Father that there is a NEW SONG -- the Word of God -- Christ Jesus. AMEN.
Margit H. Roach