What makes a new song ring out but the glory of God? It covers the whole earth and the heaven. This song is used in the vision of John as indicative of God as the Sovereign Lord God. He is the Lord Almighty God of heaven and earth. The four beasts and four and twenty elders ‘sang a new song’ to which every creature would join in(Re.5:9-13). It is yet in future.
When the Spirit uses a word ‘song’ it has its traditional meaning. Secondly when he places in context of an adjective new, we need to look for its symbolic value. As with great many symbols it relates to the Son.
Coming back to the present passage we find in verse 10 the prophet exhorting, inspired of God to be sure, those of the land and the sea to join in. The theme is what Moses the servant sang,-song of salvation. ‘The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation.(Ex.15:2)’ When man has been delivered from sin all His creation shall be by principle of Association, also freed from their bondage: “For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,(Ro.8:20).”(Here we see an order beginning with heaven including all His creation. This order has its association on spiritual and material plane. For example the Gospel of God, of Christ works out fellowship of God with man. Similarly when God created Adam He had ordained that man as a steward of His creation. This is with regards to his creature comforts.)
His cherubim (or ‘fiery serpents’) jealously guard his Holiness which is what his Name signifies. Lack of trust leads to murmur as we see in the instance where Moses was order to erect a brazen serpent. Whoever was bitten of a serpent in the wilderness and who looked to it lived. Glory of God is bound up with his Son and his Power of Reconciliation, in particular. The Psalmist speaks of the blessedness of those who ‘maketh Lord his trust’.”And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD(Ps.40:3)”.
So a new song as we had discussed in the previous post a tag for salvation the foundation on which our Christian Living is built up. It sets the earth and the heaven on a single standard. The Spirit in setting two narrative streams from God the Father and of the Son has placed a symbol in the same manner as 12 stones placed by Joshua at the crossing of Jordan. It is salvation and it is what the new song refers. So newness of the song refers to the Will as well as fulfillment by the Son. For this reason when we are told of a new heaven and new earth the meaning is clear. ‘Behold I make all things new(Re.21:5).’ We read of the new song and its blessedness in the Book of the Revelation.(Re.14:3) ‘And they sang it as it were a new song before the throne, it is special because no man could learn that song except those who were redeemed from the earth.An hundred forty and four thousand is a number, multiples of 12 a tag for the atoning work of Jesus Christ.
Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.
11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.
12 Let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare his praise in the islands.
13 The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.
14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.
15 I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.
16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.
18 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.
19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the Lord’s servant?
20 Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.
21 The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?
24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the Lord, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law.
25 Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.