Rev 14:3 KJV – “And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.”
In John’s vision, he hears a song of praise being sung by the 144,000 (the saints in heaven). As they sing this song, John tells us that “no man could learn this song” with the exception of the people of God.
To better understand this passage, we need to remember the true nature of praise and worship. Folks, when each of us praise and honor our Lord, much of it is based upon our personal experiences with Him. Moses understood this truth when he linked the Israelites praise to the Lord with His wondrous works on their behalf…
Deu 10:21 KJV – “He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.”
Although we can learn about the Lord from His Word, we gain a much greater understanding of Him when we experience Him in our personal lives. This is why we are told that…
Psa 25:14 KJV – “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.”
Through life experiences, we have learned to reverence the person and workings of the Lord. During this process, we have come to an understanding of many truths about the Lord that remain a secret to others. Also, as He keeps His promises that He has given to us, He is revealing to us His covenant. This, in turn, results in our greater experiential knowledge of His gracious workings on our behalf.
This experiential knowledge of the Lord and His workings results in the enriched praise and worship of Him.
This is why only those who have been saved by His grace, and now in heaven with Him, can learn this wonderful song of the redeemed that is sung in John’s vision. Unless we experience both His salvation, and his gracious acceptance of us into His sinless presence in heaven, we can never really experience this level of worship and praise of Christ. This song will be a secret to us until we enter into heaven with Him at our death.
Based upon our differing personal experiences in our walk with Christ, each one of us has a very unique song of praise that we can offer to our Lord. May we all live our lives seeking to sing this song of praise to Him who has done so very much for us! If we do not sing our song, it will go unheard by those around us… remember no one can sing our sing for us!
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