Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sing the Victory!

I remember as a young child, probably around 5 years old, loving Sunday nights at church when we would call out our favorite hymns to sing. I always liked, "When the Roll is Called up Yonder". As a little girl I knew the words to almost all the hymns, but it's only been more recently that I've found great comfort and hope in the words of some of the old hymns.

It almost never fails, when I find a hymn that seems to speak to me in my darkest times, I will find that the hymn writer also suffered their share of sorrows. I've been thinking about the words of "When We All Get to Heaven" lately.

Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
Sing His mercy and His grace.
In the mansions bright and blessed
He’ll prepare for us a place.

While we walk the pilgrim pathway,
Clouds will overspread the sky;
But when traveling days are over,
Not a shadow, not a sigh.

Let us then be true and faithful,
Trusting, serving every day;
Just one glimpse of Him in glory
Will the toils of life repay.

Onward to the prize before us!
Soon His beauty we’ll behold;
Soon the pearly gates will open;
We shall tread the streets of gold.

When we all get to Heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory!

These were not just words for the hymn writer Eliza Edmunds Hewitt. Mrs. Hewitt, a school teacher, suffered from a debilitating, painful spinal problem after being hit by a student with a piece of slate. She recovered some, but was an invalid most of her life. (Source)

Before chronic pain, I knew heaven was a wonderful place, but honestly I wanted to live my life here on Earth first...get married, have kids, and then go see Jesus. But now, I feel like I can sing words like,  "when we all see Jesus, we'll sing and shout the victory" with a greater understanding and desire. It's not just that in heaven they'll be no more tears or pain (Revelation 21:1-4), although I look forward to that time greatly, but as the song says, "when we see Jesus". He is the great reward...not the "mansions", streets of gold, or even eternal life.

And when those who have trusted in Jesus as their Savior get to Heaven, it will be a victory, won't it? Both the consummation of Jesus' victory over death and the victory, that by God's grace we fought the good fight of faith and endured this life with all it's trials and temptations.

This song reminds us that this world will be hard, "while we walk the pilgrim pathway, clouds will overspread the sky", but one look at Jesus will make it all worth it, "just one glimpse of Him in glory will the toils of life repay". Be encouraged faithful soldiers as you press on today...this life is not the end!

What's your favorite hymn or a hymn that brings gret comfort in discouraging times?


  1. I have many that I love but one that comes to mind is It is well with my Soul

    This man's son was killed by illness at 4 years old. Then all of his real estate burned down shortly after. Later his 4 daughters were killed in a sinking ship. His wife barely survived. Lot of tragedy and yet he wrote these lyrics:

    When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
    When sorrows like sea billows roll;
    Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
    It is well, it is well, with my soul.

    It is well, with my soul,
    It is well, with my soul,
    It is well, it is well, with my soul.

    Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    Let this blest assurance control,
    That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
    And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

    It is well, with my soul,
    It is well, with my soul,
    It is well, it is well, with my soul.

    My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
    My sin, not in part but the whole,
    Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

    It is well, with my soul,
    It is well, with my soul,
    It is well, it is well, with my soul.

    And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
    The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
    The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
    Even so, it is well with my soul.

    It is well, with my soul,
    It is well, with my soul,
    It is well, it is well, with my soul.

  2. Brad Paisley has a wonderful verson of "When We All Get To Heaven." Vestal Goodman sang with the Gaithers the song "Angel Band" We loved that one so much it was played at my mothers funeral. I like the new gospel music but grew up on the classics.
    I stumbled across your blog by accident and your post on really horrible days touched me.

  3. Yes, love that one Tara and the story encouraging!

    Anonymous, glad you found my blog by "accident" as well. Blessings to you.