Westminster Theological Seminary1997-07-14 - Precious in the Sight of the Lord

Psalm 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones."

My senior pastor, James M. Boice, has been preaching through the Psalms for years. This week we hit Psalm 150 (yea!). Psalm 150 is all about praising God, and one would expect that we would have had quite a praising time, and we did. However, it was a time that was put in perspective by the death of Dr. Boices' personal secretary (of 14+ years) on Wednesday of last week. This unexpected death made the contrast between praising the Lord and feeling sorrow at the realities of life real to me. Life is a struggle. And we all independently struggle with different things. And then there is Psalm 150, in the midst of our struggles, praise. How do we juggle the two? I confess I am not sure, save to say, rest in Christ. Unexpectedness should be our watchword it seems. I never know what I am going to hear next. And yet, "Let everything that has breath, Praise the Lord" (Psalm 150:6). The saying of Kelly Fordyce is often true with us, "The reason some people know the solution is because they created the problem". And other times we, with Job, are not sure why such and such has hit us so hard. It is then that Charles Spurgeons' wisdom should shine upon us, "Let God's promises shine on your problems".

Here are some thoughts on death by dead folks.

"We spend our years with sighing; it is a valley of tears; but death is the funeral of all our sorrows … He may look on death with joy, who can look on forgiveness with faith." Thomas Watson

"Death is never sudden to a saint; no guest comes unawares to him who keeps a constant table." George Swinnock

"Death cancels everything but truth." Anon.

"The best moment of a Christian's life is his last one, because it is the one that is nearest heaven." Charles Spurgeon

"He who lives to live forever never fears dying" William Penn "The fear of death is worse than death." Robert Burton

Live Life! And live it in Christ! Let the "unexpecteds" take care of themselves.

Soli Deo Gloria,