Friday, May 27, 2016

PRAISE GOD FOR WHAT HE IS AND FOR WHAT HE DOES, Dan Mayfield


I could have titled this: THE SONG TO THE SALVATION, GLORY, AND POWER OF GOD!

In Revelation 19, from verses 1-6 the word Hallelujah is used. It means to give praise to God. When that word is spelled without the 'H". it is misspelled. The first letter in the Greek has a rough breathing mark over the alpha saying to pronounce it with the "H" sound. It is Hallelujah, not Allelujah.

There are two reasons to rise up in song to sing Hallelujah to God: for what He is and for what He does.

First, God is praised for what He is. The substance of the song of praise is what is shown in the graphic: ascribed to God is salvation, glory, and power. The hosts of heaven are singing, "salvation, glory, and power" to God because what he will say next. This ascribing isn't giving to God anything that's not already His. But it is instead the recognition and acknowledgement in the form of praise that these are His. They define what God is. His nature is to save, Mt 1:21. He is the God of glory, Ps 19:1. He is omnipotent, Ps 33:6 .

And second, God is praised because of what He does: He judges the harlot and her smoke goes up for ever (this is the eternal nature of judgment that is everlasting). Seeing God's judgment of the harlot has caused them to praise him for the first: the salvation, glory, and power. The judgment of God is true and righteous and the result of the prayers of the saints. They have been praying for justice and God is now giving it. Now the multitude of heaven and earth praises Him for it.

Is it right for the church to praise God for justice? Certainly it is. The justice of God is always related to what He is. God can't be anything else but just. And the church doesn't seek to change God. When immorality is rising and the church is oppressed, start ascribing and start praising God for what He is and for what He does.

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