Worshiping as a synod is a joyful experience, filled as it is with praise of our glorious God via His Word proclaimed, a multitude of voices joined in rousing response, and dependence on Him evidenced by the prayers of His saints thankful for His grace and love in Christ Jesus.
During one of the worship services we sang “I love to tell the story,” whose first stanza reads: “I love to tell the story because of unseen things above, of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love. I love to tell the story because I know ‘tis true; it satisfies my longings as nothing else could do.” The story is the gospel that testifies to God’s merciful love to sinners by grace through faith in Jesus Christ to His glory. (John 3:16, Rom. 5:8, and I John 4:9-10 come to mind).
We whose faith is indeed in the Jesus Christ of THE story, rejoice not only that God had the story told to us, but by the work of His Holy Spirit we believe it to be true and it indeed satisfies our inborn longings for fellowship with God as nothing else could do. Because only THE story is the power God sovereignly uses to save us out of the misery of our sin and restore us to His favor from the moment we believe and forever ultimately in glory…. “I love to tell the story; ‘twill be my theme in glory.”
March 2023 Update from Reformed Faith and Life