Let Your Song Go On

song birdWhen I was worshiping recently at the Chapel of the Resurrection at my alma mater, Valparaiso University, we sang this verse from “All Creatures, Worship God Most High”:

All who for love of God forgive,
all who in pain or sorrow grieve;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Christ bears your burdens and your fears;
still make your song amid the tears:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The line “still make your song amid the tears” struck me. Our song of love for our Lord that our God has given us to sing is never drowned out by the sadnesses of our lives. That is not to say that the sorrows of our lives are not deep and sore and real. They are. But they are not the final refrain. I am moved by the fact that the word tears in this verse is followed immediately by 5 alleluias! The alleluias have the last word.

The verse gives me strength in my resolve to carry on through the struggles, knowing that there is still the music of the Lord continuing within me through thick and thin. My unique melody composed by my Creator goes on and there remains joy in that, however muted it may be by trying times.

The chorus of alleluias will ring out for me on the Last Day, when I will join my song with the songs of all the saints in celebration of our Savior whose song of love for me will never end.

So when hard times come, I will hum this verse and carry on. And I will remember these words from Revelation: “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes’” (Revelation 7:17).

 

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