One of my many loves is a loud thunderstorm! Of course, the ideal time is at night in the safety of my home. It makes bedtime so cozy. God’s love is certainly not always felt, but I do love those times when I feel wrapped up in His love just like a thunderstorm effect. But even when I don’t feel it, I can know the certainty of it and wrap up in the many verses of Scripture that speak of His love. We are loved well seeing this brought about our redemption. Gasping with excitement, we have all of eternity to experience His love in so many ways! There’s nothing better! But for now, in the remaining days of deployment, we can experience this miraculous love in many ways while Crying Out, Hallelujah! All Praise and honor are His!
God showed us His love in this way: That He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). The very nature of God is love (1 John 4:8).
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.1 John 4:9-10, 16-18, NLT
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.Romans 5:8
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)Ephesians 2:4-5
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.John 15:13
And that is exactly what Jesus did for you and me.
The word “hallelujah” means “Praise the Lord!” It’s a universal word, the same in multiple languages. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. All around the world believers are praising the faithful, covenant-keeping God with the same word: Hallelujah! . . . In every language, on earth and in heaven, the enemy is silenced when we worship God. The flesh is subdued and the Spirit wins when we cry out with praise. What a privilege it will be to hear the thunderous praise of the multitude in heaven, but what an honor it is to join with them today (Cry Out! Challenge, Day 30, Revive Our Hearts Ministry).
Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.”Revelation 19:6
Let your thunderous praise be heard!