This weekend my family and I found ourselves in Seminole country. We were visiting Big Cypress New Testament Baptist Church on the Seminole reservation. During the offering in the worship service the pastor asked Brother Joe to lead a song. Brother Joe began to sing the Hallelujah Song. That’s what they called it. They gave me a loose translation of the song. The verses tell us one day we will all be in heaven and each verse mentions a specific group of people that will be there. In one verse they will sing that the preachers will be in heaven, in another that the grandmothers will be in heaven. The song can go on and on. Each verse ends with “Hallelujah.”
The song is sung in Creek, which is a language that many Seminole speak. As they sang it reminded me of a few verses in Revelation.
Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
It doesn’t matter what language you speak; all have a part in Christ. I have not traveled much, but I have heard songs of God’s praise in English, Spanish, Cherokee, and now Creek. There is no song sweeter, no matter the language, than songs of praise to the Redeemer.