FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8
“And from the throne came a voice that said, “Praise our God, all His servants, all who fear Him, from the least to the greatest.” Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder: ‘Praise the LORD! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.’”
Revelation 19:5-6 (NLT2)
SOMEDAY SOON: THERE WILL BE REJOICING
I recently saw the Facebook post of a dear friend who has been battling cancer. His youngest child has also had a battle with cancer. The Facebook post was my friend ringing a bell. This ringing of the bell is a significant moment in the life of anyone who has been in a fight with cancer. It signifies the end of radiation or chemotherapy treatment. The post was especially powerful because a couple of years ago his child also had that special moment of ringing the bell. When someone rings the bell it’s a time of tears and a time of celebration.
The beautiful thing about ringing the bell is when it is followed by a doctor telling that patient there is no evidence of disease in their body. However, part of the anxiety that still follows is a concern that one day the cancer may return. And even if the cancer never returns we know that one day all of our bodies will decay and pass away.
Revelation describes heaven as a great celebration and time of rejoicing. One difference between the celebration of a cancer patient ringing the bell and the celebration in heaven is that the celebration in heaven is permanent. It is when we are declared free from the disease of sin and decay forever. One day the Bible teaches a trumpet will blow announcing the return of Christ and that will be the ringing of the final bell in our battle with sin and decay.
The Apostle John said he heard in heaven what sounded like “the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder: ‘Praise the LORD!’” That sound reminds me of many of the college football stadiums in the south when we give our teams our very best praise. I imagine when we get to heaven and realize just how significant Jesus is and what He did for us we will unleash a similar roar of praise! In the meantime, let’s try to give Jesus our best praise in anticipation of the victory to come. Spend time today praising God in prayer or finding some praise music to sing along with as you praise Him.