We’ll join the everlasting song,
and crown Him Lord of all!
. . . I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” (Rev. 7:9-10)
John looked and saw a large crowd of common people from every class, every race, and every language. They were noisy, standing in the presence of God, the very definition of love, the One who resides on the Throne in all power, majesty, and dominion. There, too, was Jesus the Lamb, the One who suffered and died to expiate the sins of men, the One Who rescues and delivers the believer out of destruction and into safety. The people in this crowd were wearing long, white garments washed in the blood of the Lamb. Long garments traditionally worn by the upper class on festive occasions. Lustrous white representing innocence and purity of soul. Garments, robes with designs based on the person’s earthly life. Holding palm branches, reminiscent of the Feast of Tabernacles where Israel rejoiced at the harvest because of God’s care for them. Their days of sowing and toiling behind them, the harvest has come, and God is residing amidst His people (Rev. 7:15). They no longer see in a mirror dimly, but now face-to-face, crying out in jubilation, exulting and singing praises to Christ, fully knowing and reaping the salvation of their soul.
The day will come when we will be in the very presence of our Lord, part of this boisterous crowd of people. While on earth, we labor tilling, sowing, watering, and weeding as we tend the garden God has given us. But then, we will be in the very presence of God Almighty, harvesting what we have sown as we serve and worship Him. Our days on earth merely an apprenticeship for heaven.
How is your apprenticeship going? What is your garden looking like? Will it be a glad, festive day when you reap what has been sown? In Jesus you have forgiveness by His death, purity imparted gradually by His life. Right now, won’t you settle within your heart that you will seek to wash your robe in the blood of Jesus, yielding to His will in the difficult circumstance that comes up today. “Blessed are those who wash their robes (do His commandments), that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city (Rev. 22:14). Oh, that with yonder sacred throng we at His feet may fall! We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown Him Lord of all!