Triumphant Heavenly Songs
by Steve Gravett
Singing plays a far more prominent role in the book of Revelation than in any other book in the New Testament. As the Revelation of Jesus Christ unfolds, these songs celebrate God’s greatness as the Creator and Jesus Christ’s redemptive work on the cross. This is accompanied by new heavenly songs of rejoicing that focus on the themes of worship, worthiness and thankfulness.
The apostle John witnesses spectacular scenes of praise and worship, which gives a foretaste of the worship we will enjoy in our heavenly home.
The first song celebrates God’s holiness, omnipotence and eternalness. It is sung constantly by the four living creatures who encourage worship and adoration whilst proclaiming the holiness of God. The opening line of this song: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty” is taken from Isaiah 6:3.
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.” (Revelation 4:8). At this point the twenty-four elders lay down their crowns before the throne and sing: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created.” (4:11).