Anthem // Great Are You Lord – Thursday Music

Today for Thursday Music something familiar with something added on the end. We’ve had Anthem by Phil Wickham before, today it’s that plus Great Are You Lord by All Songs And Daughters.

First we get the whole Anthem song, and if you look back through our Thursday Music Devotionals, you’ll see it on 28/03/19.

For my own two cents, I think it’s great when two songs fit so well together that the overall worship experience is enhanced. It’s something we do occasionally at Saar Fellowship, perhaps the chorus from a hymn fits in with a more contemporary song inspired by the hymn, perhaps the opposite, but seamlessly blending two songs together helps us feel like we are worshiping through song rather than just singing individually wrapped and packaged pieces.

So, Great Are You Lord begins, here at least, with

And all the earth will shout Your praise
Our hearts will cry, these bones will sing
Great are You, Lord

So many Psalms come to mind when talking about praising the Lord, 150.1-2, 63.3, 27.1, 103, 148, we could go on and on!

It's Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
We pour out our praise
It's Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
To You only

The idea of God’s breath in our lungs being a reason to pour out our praise takes us back to Genesis 2.7, doesn’t it, wherein God formed man, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. In Job we read, more than once, that because the breath of God is in us, as long as the breath of the Almighty gives us life we should speak only good things about our Lord and Savior (27.3, cf. 33.4)

Simply, it’s the right thing to do, isn’t it, to pour out our praise to Him only, because He is the anthem of our heart, and the anchor of our souls.

Revelation 19.1-5 – Hallelujah!

1 After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, “Hallelujah!

Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,

2 for his judgments are true and just;

for he has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality,

and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”

3 Once more they cried out,


The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.”

4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying,

“Amen. Hallelujah!”

5 And from the throne came a voice saying,

“Praise our God,

all you his servants,

you who fear him,

small and great.”

Chapter 18 ended with the enemies of God lamenting that their commercial haven had been judged and destroyed, and now there is rejoicing in heaven. We said before that we are never to rejoice at someone else’s judgement or misfortune, the Bible also speaks to this in Obadiah 1.12.

The word Hallelujah only appears four times in the New Testament, and all in Revelation 19. Three appear in this first five verses, and it is a Hebrew word that means praise the Lord!

So here we see the voice of a great multitude in heaven crying out praise the Lord! They are not rejoicing over and praising the judgement, rather the just, holy, and righteous God who has affected it. They cry out that his judgements are true and just, then give an example by saying for he has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality. The praise, then, is for the fact that salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for his judgements are true and just.

Again, then we see our examples of heavenly worship, the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fall down and worship God who was seated on the throne. They are in agreement with the great multitude and reply with a simple Amen. Hallelujah!

The point in all this is that it is right to ascribe glory and praise and worship to our great God.

He has said He will judge the wicked and He does, He has said He will save the righteous, and He does. He is a God of His Word, His Word is true and just, as are His judgements.

If we are ever on the receiving end of some corrective, loving, Fatherly discipline, it is never a nice place to be and we certainly don’t enjoy it. But, think of the alternative; the just, right, righteous, and definitive judgement of Almighty God against a fallen world. It seems a pretty easy choice as to which we want to experience; loving corrective discipline aimed at turning hearts and minds to the Lord, or righteous judgement that leads to eternal separation.

How do we ensure we are receivers of the former not the latter?

The way, the truth, and the life.