Read: 1 Corinthians 15:54-57
For the true Christian, the glory that lies beyond death is an eternity with God and away from the presence of corruption and sin. That is a thought that prompted Paul to thank and praise God. In 1 Cor. 15:57, he said, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Matthew Henry said, “What can be more joyous in itself than the saints’ triumph over death, when they shall rise again? Those who remain under the power of death can have no heart to praise. But such triumphs tune the tongues of the saints to thankfulness and praise for the victory and for the means by which it is obtained. That victory is not obtained by our power, but by God’s power, not given because we are worthy, but because Christ is worthy. How many springs of joy to the saints and thanksgiving to God are opened by the death and resurrection, the suffering and conquest, of our Redeemer! With what acclamations will saints rising from the dead applaud Him! How the heavens will resound with His praises forever! ‘Thanks be to God’ will be the theme of their song, and angels will join the chorus and declare their consent with a loud ‘Amen. Hallelujah!’”
Those without Christ face a hopeless end; those with Christ look forward to an endless hope. Those under the power of death can have no heart to praise. But you have a message of life and hope to share with those living in the fear of death. Singing to God with praises and thanksgiving will be something that we will be doing eternally in the presence of God.