April 22, 2019

Keep Singing!

Romans 8:31-39

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

—  Romans 8:37

It seems to me that we often stop celebrating Christ’s resurrection too soon. Yesterday, as we celebrated Easter, many of us sang, or even shouted, with excitement, “Up from the grave he arose, with a mighty triumph o’er his foes,” and, “Christ the Lord is risen today! Alleluia!”

What are we excited about today? Does our worship on the first day of the week motivate us to live for the risen Lord in the other days of the week? Does it help us focus on what life is all about? How can we share this good news with the people around us today?

As we have seen earlier this month, the book of Romans includes lots of life-giving truths. It’s also a letter in which Paul often breaks into a doxology— a hymn of praise to God. Our reading today from Romans 8 is an example. Paul piles reason upon reason for our rejoicing: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” And “who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” No one! “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” And we remember this is all based on Christ’s triumph over sin, death, and the grave for us.

Again, as the Canons of Dort say, “It is the promise of the gospel that whoever believes in Christ crucified shall not perish but have eternal life.” So let’s keep rejoicing this week, knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God shown in the risen Jesus. We can keep singing today too! There are people who need to hear it.

Jesus, help us to rejoice each day in all you have done for us. We thank and praise you, Lord! Amen.

About the author — George Vink

Pastor George Vink has served as a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church for more than 30 years in British Columbia, Montana, Michigan, and California. He and his wife, Shirley, have four married sons and nine grandchildren.

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