What marvellous words to start a song: I love …(Psalm 116) What did this psalmist love about God? And what did he say he’d do about it? This psalm is often quoted at the beginning of the Lord’s Supper.
These Psalms show a wonderful set of truths for God’s people.
That both LIFE and DEATH have meaning!
We worship a God who is ALIVE! Not made of stone or wood, not crafted from the mental fabric of human intellect. Our God is alive and well, and what’s more, He lived and breathed here, as a man, Jesus! And what’s more again, even after He, the Prince of Life, was murdered, He lived! Jesus came back to life!
And so because of Him, because of His resurrection, our life has meaning. We are not without hope in this world, as we grace this veil of tears (sorrow, loss, brokenness).
Instead, His life gives our life meaning, import, intent.
And too, wrapped up in Him, our death has meaning.
We see both v8, “For you have delivered my soul from death,” and then v15, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
Because of Jesus, because we have a hope in life after death, we can be comforted in two things.
One, death is not the end. The Lord has DELIVERED our souls from death! We have eternal life as an inheritance. Hallelujah!
And two, our death is PRECIOUS in God’s sight! It is not in vain, it isn’t meaningless. God loves and cares for us and has us safe in His arms EVEN THROUGH DEATH. Hallelujah!
What a Saviour we have. What a God! Let’s be encouraged to share this wonderful good news, that in Him, in Jesus, both our life and death have meaning!