"They are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple." Rev. 7:15

"And they sang a new song." Rev. 5:9

There is much in the employment of heaven to engage our hearts and warm our affections. Heavenly employment is the most delightful work in which the soul ever engaged. The redeemed will be filled with ecstasy while engaged in celestial work. The 'rest' of heaven which we have been describing, is not a state of inactivity. O, blessed rest, where "they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come."

The mansions of glory will be filled with the sweetest melody. The employment in which the redeemed in glory are engaged, is one that should attract every sinner. It is one of everlasting praise and adoration. How delightful to spend eternity in praising God- in contemplating his wonderful works- in admiring his redeeming love! When all the redeemed are brought home to glory, they shall serve God day and night in his temple. They shall sing the song of Moses and the Lamb through a glorious eternity!

In heaven the saints will be meditating on the wonders of creation, providence, and redemption. There the power, wisdom, and goodness of God, as manifested in the works of a vast universe, will be brought to full view. In contemplating Jehovah's mighty empire, all those radiant inhabitants of heaven's mansions shall cast their crowns before the throne of God, and cry, "You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created."

Even while on earth, what pleasures are to be derived from the contemplation of nature. With what delight have the minds of Bacon and Boyle, of Newton and Herschel, surveyed the magnificence of creation's works. But in heaven, the Christian, with a knowledge infinitely surpassing that possessed by any of these eminent characters, shall range with exquisite pleasure amid the beauties of Paradise. He shall spend eternal ages in contemplating those wonderful works which an omnipotent arm has scattered in endless variety and beauty around him, and which declare the glory of God, and exhibit his power, wisdom, goodness, and love.

The beauty of the celestial universe, the charms of science, and the pleasures of religion, will forever attract the redeemed in glory. To those who have a proper estimate of the value and importance of natural and divine knowledge, how attractive does that world appear where all are engaged in contemplating the most delightful subjects that can be presented to an immortal mind! In heaven, knowledge will have arrived at perfection. Here on earth, we see through a glass darkly; there, face to face. Here, we know but in part; there, we will know even as we are known.

In heaven, the providence of God over his church and people, and every particular saint, will be beautifully exhibited, causing each heart to exclaim, "You have done all things well." But above all, redemption will be the chief theme of the redeemed before the throne. That glorious work, executed on Calvary by the Son of God, will employ the souls of ransomed saints in holy meditation through the blessed Sabbath of eternity!

With what wonder shall that happy multitude look into this mystery of love to fallen man– the redemption of the soul! With what astonishment will they gaze upon a crucified Savior, bearing the print of the nails and of the spear on his glorious form. How will seraphic love and gratitude rise in the bosoms of those who have been washed in the blood of Jesus, when they behold Him in the midst of the throne as the Lamb who was slain for them! A crucified Jesus will be eternally admired as the Lamb slain for the redemption of sinners. He will receive the homage and praise of all the redeemed through eternity. Eternity itself will be too short in which to speak his praise; or tell his preciousness, or proclaim the vastness of his dying love on Calvary!

This everlasting song in which all voices shall unite in melodious strains, will be sung in the realms of glory: "Worthy! Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing! Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him who sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, forever and ever!" In the contemplation of redemption, the souls of the redeemed will be lost in wonder, love, and praise. How overpowering will be the display of divine love that shall then shine in the glorious plan of salvation! The eternal love of the Father, in giving his Son, his only-begotten Son, to die for sinners! The amazing love of the Son, in exchanging the throne of glory for the cross of Calvary! The wonderful love of the Holy Spirit, in applying redemption to the soul, will then appear in full resplendency!

How brightly will that love which was once manifested on Calvary shine in the habitation of the redeemed, while glorified saints are employing their noble powers in its sublime contemplation! Redemption will furnish eternal employment for the Christian in that brighter world- his happy home. Eternal ages of glory can never unravel the mystery of redeeming love! Redemption is a theme on which the soul may unceasingly dwell with rapturous delight, and discover brighter and brighter displays of divine love and glory to all eternity! How sweet will be the study of redemption in heaven! "Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care." That glorious salvation which, "is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen," will ever be the delightful and soul-ravishing theme of the redeemed in glory, while eternal ages roll away!

The employment of heaven will include in it UNENDING PRAISE. Eternal songs will resound through the mansions of glory. The saints will be employed in praising God- in admiring the beauty and glory of Him who died on Calvary for their redemption. One theme, one song will employ every soul in glory. It is the wondrous theme- the new song of redemption, that will draw from their lips the loudest notes of praise. "And they sang a new song with these words: 'You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were killed, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.'" "And they were shouting with a mighty shout, 'Salvation comes from our God on the throne and from the Lamb!'" "And they were singing the song of Moses, and the song of the Lamb."

Such is the delightful employment of the heavenly world. Should not this blessed work attract you? Do you not long to join with the redeemed above in those celestial songs of praise to him who died for man? O, then, be entreated to choose a loving Savior now; and the happy hour will soon arrive when you shall raise your joyful voice in glory, and unite with the ransomed of the Lord in that sweet song which has no dying cadence, and with which the arches of heaven shall entirely resound- "All praise to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us. He has made us his kingdom and his priests who serve before God his Father. Give to him everlasting glory! He rules forever and ever! Amen!"

"Oh, holy, holy, holy Lord!
Whom angel hosts adore;
When shall I join in raptured strains?
The bright celestial choir?
In pity view a sinful worm,
A prisoner here below;
A pilgrim journeying through the land,
Of darkness, sin, and woe.
Ten thousand voices round your throne,
Unite in hymns divine;
'Salvation to the Lamb!' they cry,
As high in bliss they shine.
Fain would I now begin the song,
To you my God and Friend;
Then mingle with the choirs above,
In praise which never shall end!"