Lord of Nations
Revelation 7: 9-17
The Great Multitude in White Robes
9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”
14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”
And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore,
“they are before the throne of God
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne
will shelter them with his presence.
16 ‘Never again will they hunger;
never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.'
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Lord of the nations,
around the world nations worship you
in a great Mexican wave of adoration
from East to West
in African drums and dance
in Indian sitar and stillness
in Gaelic psalms echoing through the ages
in new songs written from a heart of worship.
And I join that colourful procession of praise today.
Lamb of God,
around the world so many face tribulation
in war zones and refugee camps
in waterless deserts and city wastelands
in grey mists of depression and dark valleys of sorrow.
Lamb of God,
at the centre of the throne,
come to be their shepherd,
come to lead them to springs of lifegiving water.
"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." AMEN
Written by Peter Neilson