Thursday, July 5, 2012

Power of a Song: Revelation Song

The song? Revelation Song, written by Jennie Lee Riddle, with perhaps the most known recording by Kari Jobe who leads with Gateway church.  To hear/see the song story by Jennie herself, click here.

The first time I heard/sang this song was at a conference in Chicago. It was one of those songs that I immediately knew we had to do, and knew that our church would embrace. There is power in this song and it seems to have a way of transporting the worshipper to the throne of God Himself. Why? Because I believe this song brings us close to the worship of heaven. How can I make such a bold claim?

In the book of Revelation chapter 4, we get a glimpse at the very throne in heaven. And what do we see? Creatures that are indescribable worshipping God; elders falling down and laying their crowns and worshipping God. In fact, it is the sole job of some of these creatures to do one thing and one thing only...

Each of the four living creatures had six wingsand was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
“Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come.” (Revelation 4:8)

Now back to our song...this is the chorus we sing 3-4 times (depending on your arrangement of the song). It is a powerful refrain that when sung in spirit and truth, touches the throne of God. But that's not all...the first verse of the song contains this lyric;

Worthy is the lamb who was slain
Holy, Holy is He

Sound familiar? It should! It too is taken straight from Revelation...

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:11-12)

And one more...

(verse 2) Blessing and honor, strength and glory and power be
to You the only wise King

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13)

Another lyric that grabbed me straight away was 

"Jesus, your name is power, breath and living water." 

Look here for the inspiration of that lyric...

1) Power: we can turn to many places in Scripture to see the power in calling on the name of Jesus...just read this account for one such place
2) and 3) are both names that Jesus attributes to Himself; He is the bread of life (see John 6), and He is the living water (see John 4)

Now back to our original question; why is this song so powerful, and why has it connected to believers all over the world? I think we've already answered that is a song inspired by a glimpse of heaven's worship, filled with truth.

- soli deo gloria; He Alone is Worthy.