I am sitting in LuLu Beans coffee house here in Willmar, MN. There is still snow on the ground yet there are also patches of grass showing where the snow is melting. I am starting to hear the sounds of birds chirping outside now. Winter is passing as the dawn of spring is emerges before us. After several months of cold temperatures (sometimes bitterly cold) and lots of snow, I am ready for spring to come.
It should be an exciting time but for many, this year is not so exciting. The economy is in a major slump, unemployment is rising, we continue to watch politicians on both sides of the spectrum make decisions that seem very questionable at best, and even the aura of a new President who has promised to be different is beginning to loose its lackluster.
Yet, hope is not lost. Around the world, God’s people gather together in worship to remember and celebrate the victory of God in Christ that we share in – no matter how dismal life seems to be. We gather together because hope is alive and well. We gather together because God has done something wonderful and marvelous. We gather together because God, our God, the one true living God, is victorious. Our God has made his presence among us as the Incarnate Son, suffered by being crucified unto death, and has been raised to life as the Lord and Savior. Our God is victorious! Our God reigns!
Do we need another reason to worship God?
The book of Revelation is the declaration of God’s victorious reign. Against the back drop of the Roman Empire, who thought it was in sovereign control of the world, our God is described as victorious by the chorus of praise from the living creatures in Revelation 4.8…
“‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,’
who was, and is, and is to come.”
And as these living creatures laid their crowns at the throne of God, they cried out (v. 11)…
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being”
The story tells is this victory of God’s that is shared with the people of God. Even as the people of God suffered under the oppressive hand of a tyranny power that refused to recognize it is not God, our God still rules and still shares this victory with his people. And so the multitudes of God’s people shout out in a chorus of worship (Rev 19.1-2)…
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
for true and just are his judgments.
He has condemned the great prostitute
who corrupted the earth by her adulteries.
He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”
Even as the world around us shutters in despair over a slumping economy and a government whose actions seem to care little for the “common person,” we do not fret because we know our God victoriously reigns. Let us continue to worship God as the victorious one who reigns, who is our hope!
 All scripture is taken from Today’s New International Version.