SINGING HEAVEN’S SONG
Rev. 5:8,9 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song…
This passage is taken from one of the Apostle John’s spectacular heavenly visions. He was caught up into heaven and saw the throne, an emerald rainbow, twenty four elders dressed in white robes and gold crowns, a sea of glass, seven torches (which is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit), four very strange creatures with animal faces with six wings covered with eyes, and of course the One who dwells in unapproachable light seated on the throne. Then, he saw the lion who appeared as a lamb. All of heaven began to sing praises to the Lamb of God. They were singing the song of heaven, a supernatural song that is given to us by God. Jonathan Edwards spoke about this new song. He said it was the song of redemption; or of saving grace. Here is part of his sermon called “They Sang a New Song”.
“And in this work it is that the heart is put in tune, and it is put into a capacity and disposition truly and sincerely to praise God and to make that heavenly melody, which is made in singing this new song, by exercising these divine principles of divine love and divine joy. “The love of God is shed abroad” in the heart by the Holy Ghost. And spiritual rejoicing is called “joy in the Holy Ghost”. And seeing it is thus— that this knowledge of the things to be sung, and the ability to make the melody of the song, is imparted no other way than by the saving work of the Spirit, whereby the soul is redeemed by power— hence we may see another reason why no man can learn that song but they that are redeemed. Other men are dumb and dead as to any such heavenly exercise as this. They can exalt their idols, but they can’t exalt God. They can rejoice in the objects of their lusts, in their worldliness and in their carnal pleasures, but they can’t rejoice in Christ Jesus. They can howl, but they can’t sing the new song.”
Revival in a person’s heart makes him a singer. The saving and awakening work of God actually puts our heart in tune with heaven. Edwards’ church in Northampton, experienced revival in the 1730’s and 1740’s. At one point, they had a special afternoon service where they sang revival songs written by Isaac Watts. He was a songwriter in England at this time who had also experienced revival, the result was he was overflowing with God’s new song. Here are several of his well known hymns.
Joy to the world
Come Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove
When I survey the wondrous cross
Alas! and did my Savior bleed
Sing to The Lord, join in with the heavenly singers. Maybe you will be given life changing songs like Isaac Watts.