April 5, Reading 2 – Psalm 115, 116

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SAA Notes

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.

SJA Notes

“For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.”

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”

These Psalms show a wonderful set of truths for God’s people.

There is meaning in both LIFE and DEATH.

We worship a God who is ALIVE! He is not made of stone or wood, He was not crafted from the mental fabric of human intellect.

Our God is alive and well, and more, He lived and breathed here, God become man, Jesus! And even more, this Prince of Peace, the Good Shepherd, the Great Physician, the Servant King – After He was murdered on the cross, He lived!

Jesus came back to life!

Because of what God did that first Easter, because of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead – Our life has meaning. We are not without hope in this world, this veil of tears.

Instead, His life gives our life meaning.

And wrapped up in Him, our death has meaning.

Because of Jesus, because we have a hope in a life after this life (after death), we can be comforted in two things.

One – Death is not the end. The Lord has DELIVERED our souls from death! Our inheritance in Christ is not of this world, it is eternal life in the next life.

And two – Our death is PRECIOUS in God’s sight. Our deaths are not in vain, and they are not meaningless. God loves and cares for His saints and holds us safe in His arms _even through death_.

Hallelujah, What a Saviour!

* Loving God,

Thank You that in Jesus our lives and our deaths have meaning and value.

Please show us Jesus today.

Please help us to point people to You today, to Jesus.

Amen.

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