“And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints” (Revelation 15:3).
These last few days we have been allowing the beloved Christian hymn, “He Ransomed Me,” to direct our study. Verse four speaks of the Christian hope, the ultimate realization of our full ransom.
By and by with joy increasing, And with gratitude unceasing, Lifted up with Christ forever more to be; I will join the hosts there singing, In the anthem ever ringing To the King of Love who ransomed me.
In this life we may go through “fiery trials,” but they will be over by and by. Rather “rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” (I Peter 4:12,13). “Giving thanks unto the Father. . . . Who hath delivered [or ransomed] us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:12–14).
The work of Christ lifted us up out of bondage to sin, “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6), “and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (I Thessalonians 4:17).
What shall we do there? Among other things, as we see in our text, we will sing. Moses’ “song” was written on the far shore of the Red Sea and celebrated their ransom from Egypt and protection from their enemies. “The LORD is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation” (Exodus 15:2).
We’ll also sing “a new song,” a song of ransom. “Thou art worthy . . . for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood” (Revelation 5:9). He redeemed us, but Hallelujah! Jesus ransomed me! JDM