Christ Our Hope in Life and Death

Christ Our Hope in Life and Death Introduction

Introduction

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Intro (2X)

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Verse 1

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What is our   hope in   life and   death
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Christ a lone   Christ a lone
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What is our   only   confi dence
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That our   souls to   Him be long
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What holds our   days within His   hand
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What comes a part from   His co mmand
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And what will   keep us   to the   end
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The   love of   Christ in   which we   stand                       

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O   sing   halle lujah
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Our   hope springs e ternal
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O    sing halle lujah
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Now and   ever   we con fess
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Christ our   hope in   life and   death                       

Verse 2

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What truth can   calm the   troubled   soul
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God is   good   God is   good
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Where is His   grace and   goodness   known
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In our   great Re deemer's   blood
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Who holds our   faith when fears a rise
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Who stands a bove the s tormy   trial
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Who sends the   waves that   bring us   nigh
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Un to the   shore the   rock of   Christ

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O   sing   halle lujah
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Our   hope springs e ternal
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O    sing halle lujah
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Now and   ever   we con fess
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Christ our   hope in   life and   death

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Verse 3

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Unto the   grave what   shall we   sing
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Christ He   lives   Christ He   lives
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And what re ward will   heaven   bring
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Ever lasting   life with   Him
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There we will   rise to meet the   Lord
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Then sin and   death will   be des troyed
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And we will   feast in   endless   joy
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When   Christ is   ours for ever more

Chorus

Fm Db Ab
O   sing   halle lujah
Eb/G Fm
Our   hope springs e ternal
Eb Db Ab/C
O    sing halle lujah
Db Ab/C Eb Db
Now and   ever   we con fess
Db Fm Eb Ab
Christ our   hope in   life and   death

Chorus

Fm Db Ab
O   sing   halle lujah
Eb/G Fm
Our   hope springs e ternal
Eb Db Ab/C
O    sing halle lujah
Db Ab/C Eb Db
Now and   ever   we con fess
Db Fm Eb Db
Christ our   hope in   life and   death

Ending

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Now and   ever      we con fess
Db Ab/Eb Eb Ab
Christ our   hope in   life and   death

Outro (2X)

Ab Absus Ab
                                    

Devotional

Christ Our Hope in Life and Death

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O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.” (Psalm 39:7)

The worldwide outbreak of coronavirus in 2020 had many looking for a hope in life and death. Or more likely, many desired a hope to spare them from death. That all must die, no sane man can be in dispute, but a so-called “premature death” is what we long to avoid. If we die, we long to do so old and gray. So the world searched to find a cure, a vaccine to be discovered, or hoped for it to pass from among us like a whimper.

 

Many live under a lifelong slavery to the fear of death, and pandemics stir up the dread. And many should fear it. All roads do not lead to eternal life; there is a narrow way and few there are who find it. So when that inescapable enemy feels closer than expected, many wonder — perhaps for the first time — where can I place my hope for life and death? When a neighbor or a friend asks, do we have one word ready to spring from our lips that makes all the difference: Christ?

 

Our Final Hope

 

Christ alone. Christ alone is our great hope in life death.

 

There is no other name by which men, women, and children can be saved. Christ alone — not the endless washing of hands, not a medicinal cure, not social distancing — he is the “blessed hope” that we wait for our whole lives. Christians place all our eggs in one basket: if he has not been raised from the dead, we of all people are most to be pitied.

 

He is the one we live for. He is the one we die for. He is the one who has been raised from the dead to prove that he is above all, trustworthy with that possession more precious than all the world has to offer: our souls. So whether we live or whether we die, Christ is our hope.

 

Truth to Calm the Troubled Soul

 

God is good. God is good to those who are in Christ.

 

When we are tempted to despair, we have but to look at our good God. In every situation, like the sun that still shines even when dark clouds block its rays, God is still good. Satan is busy to make us doubt this. He impugned God’s motives from the very beginning, telling the first couple that God was keeping them from the forbidden fruit because he didn’t want them to be like him. The sinless woman believed the serpent’s lie and ate, and her husband followed suit. They did not trust the goodness of God.

 

So where are we to look to make certain he is good?

 

Where is his grace and goodness known?In our great Redeemer’s blood.

 

When viruses or tragedies or conflicts tempt us to distrust our King, we have a particular place to look: his cross. There he proves his goodness beyond question. There he hangs, the spotless one, the Son of God, the creator of the world — there he dies, outside the walls of Jerusalem, flanked by two criminals, all for the sins of his people. He made our plight his own. He became sin, who knew no sin, that in him, we might become the righteousness of God. And he rose in triumph, proving that our sins are forgiven in him.

 

What then Shall We Sing?

 

Christ, he lives; Christ, he lives!

 

Our great hope, when each of us faces his day to die, is the living Christ. No other hope has defeated the grave. No other hope springs eternal. No other hope shall never die again. No other hope reigns over sin and death and sits at the right hand of God in glory.

 

So where is your hope in the troubles you face? Can you say with the psalmist, “O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you” (Psalm 39:7)? Whether your days are going smoothly, or the angel of death is knocking at your door, look to Christ. Hope in Christ. He is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. We will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea (Psalm 46:1–3).

 

Christ alone is our hope in life and death.