Issue #180

I have been doing some reminiscing! I have been playing some old vinyl records … LPs … before CDs and MP3s! It is fun looking back over the years and touching base with music that once played a big part of earlier life. I grew up on folk music (and some classical). These songs mostly tried to get a message across. Many were poetic … some good, some bad and some were downright crazy! Such was the 70s! One song that I played last week was a number one hit and titled ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’. It was sung by my favourite duo ‘Simon and Garfunkle’. It is a great song!

The first verse goes like this … “When you’re weary, feeling small. When tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all. I’m on your side, oh, when times get rough, and friends just can’t be found. Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down, like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down”.

The second verse continues …“When you’re down and out. When you’re on the street. When evening falls so hard I will comfort you, I’ll take your part, oh, when darkness comes and pain is all around. Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down …”

This song is all about troubled times and the impact that life’s difficult moments can have on you. You often feel all alone, depressed and even think that life is not worth living. This is all too common for so many people in this fast paced 21st century. But it does not have to be like this!

As I read Romans 5: 1-11, earlier in the week, my heart actually leapt for joy as I realized what Paul was teaching me. In these magnificent verses I found extraordinary comfort and joy as I realized the benefits and blessings I personally have through being justified by faith. Paul lists five awesome benefits of being justified. They include enjoying peace with God; having access to God; experiencing wonderful joy; the ability to rejoice in times of suffering and finally having incredible hope in knowing who I am in Christ and what has been won for me! Not only this, but Paul tells me of the guarantee I have of living with God in His glory for ever and ever.

No matter what may come our way, the joy we can experience in the present is glorious. And with the knowledge we have of what awaits us in glory is almost too staggering to contemplate! Yes, we should indeed be a people rejoicing with all our heart! Salvation is ours! The victory has been won!