Composed Inspiration

“Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.

And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying:

“Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the saints!

Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy.
For all nations shall come and worship before You,
For Your judgments have been manifested.”   
Revelation 15:1-4

The victorious ‘new’ song that is sung has as its foundation the work of another composer, Moses!

Here we are, 15 centuries later, and a contemporary anthem is composed utilizing an ancient, post-victory, hymn of praise.     

If we really want Song that comforts and inspires us—and also makes our enemies face the music—then we must dig deep into the narratives of Holy Scripture where God rocked the earth and its inhabitants and bring those actions into the present, where we can sing with the confidence of Yahweh’s promises that are both fulfilled and yet to come.