THEY CAN HOWL BUT THEY CANNOT SING
Rev. 5:9-10 And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”
Everybody is singing some kind of song. The lover is singing about his passion, the lustful man about his conquests, the dreamer about somewhere over the rainbow, even the child is singing about his gifts he’ll receive at Christmas. There is something in all of us, we just have to sing. For the Christian, we have plenty to sing about. As Paul said, when we were children we played with our toys, but when we were grown we put away childish things. Jonathan Edwards spoke about the song of the redeemed. He said they sing a song no one else can sing. Check out his message about the song of the redeemed.
“Christ has purchased for a certain number that knowledge of the glorious excellency of God and Christ, and of the infinite riches of his grace appearing in the way of salvation. That excellent heavenly light that shines into the soul, and gives it a view and understanding of those excellent things, is a blessing purchased at the price of Christ’s precious blood. And so that ability, that harmony of the soul and melody of the heart, consisting in holy love and joy and delight in God and Christ, is a precious benefit that is the fruit of the same purchase. This heavenly melody is dear; it costs Christ’s precious blood.
And if these things cannot be obtained any other way than by the redemption (of Christ), then we may see the reason why none can obtain them but those that are redeemed by Christ. Other men are dumb and dead as to any such heavenly exercise as this. They can exalt their idols, but they can’t exalt God. They can rejoice in the objects of their lusts, in their worldliness and in their carnal pleasures, but they can’t rejoice in Christ Jesus. They can howl, but they can’t sing the new song. ”
Have you ever thought about that, the lost cannot worship. It’s not that they won’t worship, they can’t. Worship comes from a heart touched by God. The light of His goodness flows into the heart that has been born again. From that point on there is no other recourse. How can we not worship someone who is so lovely? His grace, His goodness, and His power command our worship. It is our response to the shocking Glory that streams from the face of Jesus Christ, He is altogether lovely. The lost have other things as the object of their affections. They may sing about a love or a love gone wrong but they cannot worship. As Edwards said, they can howl but they cannot sing.