Revelation 14:1–5 (ESV)

1 Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.

No matter the fury of the dragon (and his allies), the gates of hell can never prevail against the church of Jesus Christ. That reality gives great comfort in the midst of the fury and the deceit and the persecution that the people of God encounter in this world (as prophesied in Revelation 12:1–17 and Revelation 13:1–18).

The songs of this world focus on human achievement and human ability to solve life’s problems. The offspring of the woman (the 144,000) learn a much better song, one that does justice to the reality of their protection due to Jesus’ supremacy.

The learning of the heavenly song may take a lifetime, for the attacks of the devil and the hatred of the world and the weakness of the flesh remain with the saints till the day we are promoted to glory. Nevertheless, today we begin to learn heaven’s new song; on the day of glory we may sing it in perfection.

Over the years and centuries of church history the saints may and should make new songs celebrating the evidence the Lord provides in their day of his redeeming work.