每日诗歌: Joy to the World
亨德尔著名的合唱片段“哈利路亚” 有一种特别的东西。无论是250多年前在英王面前，还是在纽约市林肯中心的大型音乐厅里，即或是在一个美食广场作为送给圣诞购物者一个惊喜的演唱，它总是带有一种神圣的能力，使听众对这位万王之王，万主之主的敬畏之心油然而生。当我听到“他要作王，直到永永远远” 这不断重复的宣告，我的眼里总是含着泪水，因为它在我的心里涌起一种无可比拟的激动和期待。它那神秘的力量能暂时将我的灵带到那日以及更远，使我可以沉浸在神的荣耀里，即使只有几分钟。
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There is something special about the famous chorus piece “Hallelujah” composed by Handel. Whether it’s sung before the King of England over 250 years ago, or in the great music hall of Lincoln Center in NYC, or even in a food court as a great surprise to the unexpected Christmas shoppers, it always carries that awesome power which makes the hearers lift their spirit to the King of kings and Lord of lords. My eyes are always wet when I hear the recurring words of “and he shall reign forever and ever”, because it delivers an excitement and anticipation in my heart like nothing else. It has the mysterious power to take my spirit temporarily to the last day and beyond, so I may immerse in the glory of God even for just a few minutes.
The Apostle John has long ago experienced that power and awesome feeling when he heard the seventh angel sounded his trumpet: “the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever” (Rev 11:15). After all the disasters ushered in by the seven seals and the six trumpets, the end finally comes and it comes with lightening, rumblings, thunder, earthquake, and hailstorm (11:19). The one who is and who was have taken the great power and begun to reign (11:17). The words “who is to come” has been intentionally eliminated from Rev. 1:8, indicating the King has indeed arrived and his reign has begun. When that happens, the inevitable judgment shall also begin. Those who reverence the name of the Lord shall be rewarded, whereas those who destroy the earth shall be judged harshly based on what they did (11:18). It’s a moment of truth that all believers have been waiting for, and the ultimate justice shall be served as he promised.
That must be the special thing about the song “Hallelujah”, for it resonates with the longing for eternity in our heart which was put there by God. “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (Ecc 3:11). It once again assures me that there will be an end for all things, and there is an eternity afterwards. Most importantly, we shall be with our Lord, the King of kings and Lord of lords, forever and ever. Amen!
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