Sunday 9/15/13 Pastor Michael sermon A New Song-The Testimony of the Overcomer Revelation 14:1-5
There have been millions of songs written and a song tells a story of oneís experiences. Many of us remember certain songs we listened to, to just keep our sanity. They encouraged us, inspired us and some songs caused us to move and sway. Songs have a way of reminding us of where we were and what we were doing. Some of us have ďour songĒ that we still remember today. They take us back to the old days of where we were doing ďstuffĒ that we donít want to remember. Songs speak to us in different ways. A song will speak to you and bring you through some stuff.
We, now as Christians, can make a joyful noise Ė a song unto the Lord because He has brought us thru so much stuff. We need to sing aloud to the Lord. Sing a song of praise to the Lord! Donít let people shut us up! Open your mouth and say to God thank you for what you have done for me! Most of us cannot sing too well but we donít care what people think! Sing unto the Lord because He has done great things for us! We can hear what people have been through by how they sing praise songs to the Lord. Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus! You become a better singer after you have gone thru some stuff and God has brought you out! Many people need to sing aloud. Sing louder! Praise louder! Worship louder!
In Revelation chapter 14, we have 144,000 Jews that are witnesses to God. They are singing a new song of what they have gone thru during the tribulation. They have been through some things and have watched God bring them out of the mess. Donít shut up! Donít be quiet! Open up your mouth and give God some praise! He has brought you thru the trouble and you have overcome! When you used to be at the club, when ďyour songĒ came on, you didnít care what people thought. You danced to your song. Now we have seen God bringing us through and now we have a new song! We have been given a new song by God!
The 144,000 Jews had a relationship with the Father. They had a song that only they could sing! Their song was a unique song because they had been purchased by God. They had a unique song. They had the seal of God on their foreheads! Their experiences gave their song credibility. People heard their spirit coming out in their song! They didnít wait until circumstances changed to sing! They were in the tribulation but still sang praises to God. They sung their new song while still in trouble, in the tribulation!
In the Old Testament, King David sang and danced out of his clothes when the Israelites got the Ark back. David sang and danced for the Lord and his wife Michal criticized him for this. David told her she had not seen anything yet. He was going to sing and dance even more. You need to stop being concerned about people who have not done anything for you! Donít care if folk donít like it! Sing aloud to the Lord!
The 144,000 Jews kept on singing because they knew the people on earth could only kill their bodies but not their souls. They had the seal of the Lord on them. They knew that with no mark of the beast on them they would eventually be killed. They didnít care what happened to their physical bodies. God gave them a new song to sing. They had a song about their past experiences that God had delivered them from. God gave them the joy that man couldnít give them. They were sanctified and set apart because of God and their relationship wit Him. Their new song is a song of their triumph! Their triumph is their testimony of what God and Jesus brought them through! A New Song!