Editor's Letters

by T. Austin-Sparks

July 1928

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,
T. Austin-Sparks
T. Madoc-Jeffreys.

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