We have had several deaths in our church family recently, and their absence from our presence is a heavy burden. I realize that they no longer have pain and they no longer are suffering from a variety of illnesses and ailments. I also realize that, as Christians, they are in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What glorious blessings they are experiencing every moment.
David said in Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” While we may grieve the loss of friends and family, we have to remember that we are not designed for this world … our death and transfer from this world to the next is precious in the Lord’s sight.
But, in the here and now, God is with us and leads us as we seek out His will and as we are obedient to His direction. David said it this way in Psalm 71:17-20:
O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you? You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again.Psalm 71:17-20
David says that God taught him from his youth, and that he is still proclaiming God’s wondrous deeds. Even when he is old and has gray hair, David is asking God not to forsake him but, rather, to let him tell the next generation about God’s power and the wondrous deeds that He has done.
In Psalm 30, David speaks of death and the reality that one cannot praise God on this earth if they have died.
“What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?”Psalm 30:9
Of course, the answer to David’s question is “No!” The time for praise and telling others of God’s faithfulness is NOW.
We should make this a focal point of our lives, telling others of the goodness, mercy, and faithfulness of God. Telling others of the wondrous love of the Lord and His sacrifice for us, while we were sinners and His enemies! Telling others of the salvation that is ours through faith in Jesus Christ, and of the marvelous relief from the power of sin that this salvation works in us.
Do this in such a way that it is embedded in your actions and speech. You don’t need to give a sermon! Fly a kite with your grandson and tell Him of the God that sends the wind at His word.
Take care of the animals and tell how God has taken care of you through the years.
Interact with the grandchildren and weave the story of your walk with the Lord into the conversation. Let your life do the talking and then be ready to answer questions that may arise.
Have gray hair? Are you aged? Remember all the times that God preserved your during your youth. Remember the times that God led you even when you had no idea where you were going. Remember the times He protected you, aided you, healed you, loved you! Remember the years gone by, and then thank Him for His faithfulness to you. Do this by telling others of His great power and love, grace and mercy, and do it NOW!
Father, we get distracted by things in the world and we lose sight of what is truly important. Help me to tell others of the mighty works that You have done in my life as I tell of Your glory and majesty, Your saving grace and mercy. Give me boldness as I go about Your business today, so that my voice may be heard to Your glory now!