Beloved of our Lord,
"After these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven,
saying Alleluia.... And again they said Alleluia!"
The last word is Praise! And it will be a recurring and unending
word. So in that 19th chapter of the Revelation the "Alleluia"
swells again and again and it is the comely and fitting expression
of all saints, "for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth."
Therefore our praise now in struggling fighting days does God more
abundant honour, for it is prophetic; and its spirit is the
testimony of Jesus.
To declare Jesus "Lord" now, and to behold Him crowned with glory
and honour is the word and vision of the Holy Ghost.
But unto what magnitudes does the Name and the Praise of Him reach!
This softer Greek "Alleluia" is the old martial Hebrew Hallelujah of
the Psalms. It is the last word of the Psalms (Ps. 150). But it also
arises out of the midst of grimmest conflict: Ps. 68: "Extol Him
that riseth upon the heavens by His Name, JAH." It is the Name of
God in His Aloneness - He that is above the infinitudes of the
universe, the Name above every Name. But it is still our Jesus! He
hath accomplished all things well. Faith thus can measure the
Omnipotent Might of Calvary's triumph as above all other power and
might, and rejoices in the midst of the years.
Blest will it be to join the heavenly anthem in the days of
crowning; but better far now to have heavenly praise in our hearts
while the "Battle of the warrior is with confused noise and
garments rolled in blood."
By Him, even Jesus, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God
continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, confessing to His Name
- for to say "Lord Jesus" is to say Hallelujah. This is the language
of heaven and of the Holy Ghost.
Yours in the Joy of His Triumph,