DEATH, IT SOUNDS SO FINAL! I encourage you to read Psalm 139 before you continue. It has just twenty-four verses and can be read in just a few moments. Maybe you have someone in your family or someone you know who died recently. When you reach my age death seems to be a constant companion for those in my age group. When death happens people sometimes forget God’s love for us, our families and friends. When a death occurs in the life of those close to us it is a good time to remember God’s love for us now and for eternity. In Psalm 139 the Psalmist says that God knows our heart (v.1), our actions and motives (v.2), our day to day activities (v.3), our words (v.4), and our needs (v.5).
The Psalmist also reminds us that God is with us at all times and in all locations (v.6-13). And God knows exactly how long we will live (v.16).Though a person’s death may catch us by surprise God is never surprised by anyone’s death. Death is often painful in many ways for the one who dies and sometimes even more so for those left behind. But God is a gracious and loving God and He not only provides for the present He also provides for the future. Our failures and our diseases will not rob us of God’s love, a glorious future, and a fantastic reunion one day with those who are our loved ones and God’s Children.
Which brings us to this point in Psalm 139, “How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you” (v.17-18 NIV). God has said in a different part of the Word that His thoughts are not our thoughts. How true it is that God has a glorious plan to overcome physical death for us that we would never have thought of. And knowing His plan we may grieve from a human standpoint for those who die but we would never wish to hold them back from experiencing God’s future for them, especially those who are suffering. God’s plan though extraordinary is simple for us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV). And the Apostle Paul says that every Christian should “prefer to be away from the body and home with the Lord“ (2 Corinthians 5:8 NIV). DEATH. It sounds so final but for the Christian it is just another chapter in the book of our relationship with God. Praise the Savior you who know Him!