“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.” Job 19:25
I am sure we all have at least one memory of a Sunday morning, standing in a pew beside our Grandma who smells like hairspray and Doublemint gum singing “Oh how my redeemer lives” thinking “Why do they have their hands raised, don’t they know to reach God all they have to do is look beside them? and can someone please hurry this song up so I can go get my candy please?” You know what I’m talking about, there is an elderly gentleman at EVERY single church in America who passes out candy at the end of Sunday service. As a kid, I would get so hype waiting for that 5 cent bubble gum.
However, it is easy as a child to overlook many things. For example, the lyrics “oh my redeemer lives,” but as an adult have you stopped to think about why this phrase, derived from this verse is so powerful? Well, you have to consider where in the bible this verse is written. It is written in the book of Job. In the story of Job God has allowed Satan to test Job’s faith and endurance in his relationship with the Lord with a series of trials and tribulations. When this verse is spoken, we have to keep in mind that during this time Job is in a miserable state of being, the most miserable he had ever experienced up to that point. He is pointing out that although he has nothing else to rejoice in, he can rejoice in the fact that his redeemer lives and there will, undoubtedly, come a day when the Lord will stand upon this Earth again. When all else fails, when everything good has seemed to abandon us, there is still a cause for rejoicing and praise. No matter how alone your circumstances may make you feel, there is comfort in knowing that your redeemer lives and he will be back to redeem you from all the pain of this temporary physical life.
When I was a kid standing in that pew wondering why everyone around me had their hands outstretched towards the sky, I never realized that it had nothing to do with them trying to reach God but everything to do with just simply praising him. Because when life gets me down, I will praise him, because my redeemer lives.