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Victory Goes To . . .

Revelation 3    Nehemiah 4    Psalm 98

“The Lord has made known to us his victory” (Psalm 98:2). Indeed. As the readings for this day make abundantly clear, the Lord has “gotten the victory” (v.1), possesses all authority as symbolized in “the key of David” (Revelation 3:7), and, having “conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne,” he will shower great and life-giving gifts to all who remain faithful and “conquer” with him (Revelation 3:21). The Lord reigns and “will judge the world with righteousness” (Psalm 98:9). In these matters there is no ambiguity in the story of God. The only open question is our response . . .

“O Sing to the Lord” or say “I need nothing” (Psalm 98:1; Revelation 3:17) . . . Join the song, or refuse to sing . . . enter the story, or write your own . . . “wake up” (Revelation 3:3), or risk discovering that your name isn’t on the roster (v.5) . . . “Let anyone who has an ear listen” (Revelation 3:6,13,22): The message to the churches is complete (as the number “7” communicates), Christ has conquered and those who choose to remain faithful by remembering his word, obeying his teaching, and repenting of sin (v.3) share in his victory.

“Because you have kept my word . . . I will keep you” (Revelation 3:10). And this promise to the church in Philadelphia is offered to all who are faithful in doing the works of God, as Nehemiah illustrates. God is with the faithful. Always. And those who know this, know victory. Now and forever. May we listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. Amen.

“Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who live in it.
Let the floods clap their hands;
let the hills sing together for joy
at the presence of the Lord,
for he is coming to judge the earth.”

— Psalm 98:7-9

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