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     With harps of God in their hands . . . they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” Rev. 15:2-4
     Sovereign Father, every time I begin to get anxious or angry about local, national or international politics, you center my heart with the music of heaven. What did followers of Jesus need in the crazy-making chaos of first-century Rome? The same thing we followers of Jesus need in the complexities of our twenty-first-century global community.
     We need to sing your story. We need to sing our theology. We need to sing the gospel—not as a people in denial, but as those alive to the way things really are. Men are men, and you are God; and that about sums it up. You reign and you love, and that’s all we basically need to know.
     Hand me a harp today, Father. I’ll gladly join the heavenly chorus singing the song of Moses—a song of your Exodus grace—deliverance from the bondage of Egypt, deliverance into a land of freedom. But I’ll sing, even louder, the song of the Lamb. For Jesus has delivered us from sin and death, into the glorious freedom of the children of God, and Jesus will deliver us into the ultimate land of freedom—the new heaven and new earth!
     Father, I choose to live and sing in light of the day when all nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been and are being revealed so clearly in the gospel. Great and marvelous are your deeds of mercy and grace in Jesus, Lord God Almighty.
     All of your ways, in heaven and on earth, are just and true, for you are the King of the ages. Every other king gets the “fifteen minutes in the spotlight” you appoint them, but you alone are “the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God,” and to you “be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Tim. 1:17 NIV).
     I’ll not be afraid of any human king, but I will fear you, Lord, for you alone are holy and you alone are good. As the gospel does its work in my heart, I pray my thoughts, words, and deeds will increasingly bring you glory. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ sovereign and saving name.

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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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