He Will Reign Forever and Ever!

Joy Petroelje

Read: Revelation 19:1-9

Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. (v. 6)

In 1741 George Frideric Handel composed the Messiah, ending with the Hallelujah Chorus. Now, well over 250 years later, many Christians and non-Christians alike are familiar with this piece, often sung by choral groups at Christmas or Easter. If you’ve ever sung the Chorus yourself or heard it performed, you will likely never forget it!

The Hebrew word hallelujah means “praise the Lord.” The word praise, including other forms of the word, is in the Bible more than 200 times, with the majority of instances in the book of Psalms. First Chronicles 16:9 says, “Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!” Psalm 30:4 says, “Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.” And Romans 15:11, citing Psalm 117:1, says, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him.” Based on biblical instruction, praise needs to be a primary part of our relationship with God.

Revelation, the Bible’s final book, can be hard to read. It leaves us with questions we may not have answered until we get to heaven. What is certain, however, is that the God of both the Old and New Testaments is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. No power of darkness can dethrone him, no plot of evil can overcome him. His love won the victory over sin and death on the cross, and he will reign forever and ever!—Joy Petroelje

Prayer: Almighty and Everlasting God, to you be all praise!