21 Oct The Church Triumphant, Hymn by Daniel S. Warner, 1893
Men speak of “a church triumphant”
As something on earth unknown,
They think us beneath the tyrant
Until we shall reach our home.
Thank God for a church triumphant,
All pure in this world below!
For the kingdom that Jesus founded
Does triumph o’er every foe.
Oh, cannot the great Redeemer
Prevail over Satan here?
Or must we remain yet under
Confusion, pressed down in fear?
He built on a sure foundation,
And said that the gates of hell
Against her divine munition
Can never indeed prevail.
‘Tis not in the church of Jesus
That people yet live in sin;
But in the dark creeds they’re joining,
And vainly are trusting in.
God’s church is alone triumphant,
In holiness all complete;
And all the dark pow’rs of Satan
She tramples beneath her feet.
(Gloria Gaither’s discourse of exhortation in the rewriting of the hymn)
GOD HAS ALWAYS HAD A PEOPLE. Many a foolish conqueror has made the mistake of thinking that because he had forced the church of Jesus Christ out of site, he had stilled its voice and snuffed out its life, but GOD HAS ALWAYS HAD A PEOPLE.
The powerful current of a rushing river is not diminished because it’s forced to flow underground. Now the purest water is the stream that burst crystal clear into the sunlight after it has forced its way through solid rock. There have been those who like Simon the Magician sought to barter on the open market that power which cannot be bought or sold, BUT GOD HAS ALWAYS HAD A PEOPLE. Men who could not be bought and women who were beyond purchase. GOD HAS ALWAYS HAD A PEOPLE.
There have been times of affluence and prosperity when the church’s message has been nearly deluded into oblivion by those who sought to make it socially attractive, neatly organized, financially profitable, BUT GOD HAS ALWAYS HAD A PEOPLE.
Yes it’s been gold platted, draped in purple and encrusted with jewels. It has been misrepresented, ridiculed, lauded and scorned BUT GOD HAS ALWAYS HAD A PEOPLE.
And these followers of Jesus Christ have been, according to the whim of the times, elevated sacred leaders and modern heretics. Yet through it all, there marches on that powerful army of the meek. GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE who cannot be bought, blabbered, murdered or stilled. On through the ages they march, the church! GOD’S CHURCH TRIUMPHANT!
Listen child of God, it’s alive. Discouraged pastor, it’s HIS CHURCH and it’s still alive. Lonely missionary, sow that seed with confidence. THE CHURCH is still alive. Old saint, you’re not alone or forgotten. THE CHURCH is still alive. It’s alive my broken-hearted friend, it’s still alive. Busy mothers, just keep trusting in Jesus, THE CHURCH is alive. You’re not alone out there friend, just keep looking to Jesus. THE CHURCH is alive. And faithful fathers, there’s rest in the Lord. GOD’S CHURCH is still alive. So family of God lift your hands, lift your hands and praise the Lord. THE CHURCH, GOD’S CHURCH TRIUMPHANT IS ALIVE, IT’S ALIVE MY FRIENDS. ALIVE AND WELL!
“On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it.]” -Jesus