Revelation 11; Esther 1; Psalm 105:1-25
Part 2 of Handel’s “Messiah” ends with a scene called “God’s Triumph” which ends with the Hallelujah Chorus. The Hallelujah Chorus is a favorite song of many with great traditions. One of the verses that inspired this classic song was Revelation 11:15. “Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!’” (Revelation 11:15) This truly is a song of triumph and a reminder that our Lord will reign forever and ever. While our world is still under the influence of the evil one, we have this amazing promise that God will reign forever. It was an amazing message of hope to early Christians who dealt with the persecution from ancient Rome. The message of Revelation let Christians know that though they be martyred, even if it seems like those opposed to God are winning, God will take control. It is a message of hope that still lives today. We see a world that shows opposition to God more and more each day. God’s standards are not only overthrown, those who stand for God are considered to be evil. Meanwhile, real evil is killing indiscriminately and enslaving people. It is in the midst of these issues that God reminds us that the kingdoms of this world will be torn from the grasp of Satan and God Himself will rule forever and ever. Sometimes life gets discouraging, even when the troubles aren’t as severe as those mentioned. It’s in those times that we remember that He shall reign forever and ever. So, whatever difficulties you may be facing, however the troubles of life may be affecting you, take comfort in the knowledge that God wins. In the end, the kingdom of this world will be overthrown and God Himself will reign forever and ever!
Lord, at times life is difficult. I look around and see those opposed to You who seem to be thriving. At my lowest times, remind me of Your greatness. When all seems lost, remind me that You are still in control. Let me say with brothers and sisters from down through the ages, “Hallelujah! The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever.”