“The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence” (Psalm 115:17).TEXT — Psalm 115:12-18
Redeemed and righteous children of God engage in the twin activities of praising the Lord for His great works and in preaching the gospel in obedience to the great commission. We lift up our voices in praises to God as we consider His vast creation replete with glory and splendour. His eternal salvation through Christ for us is simply beyond description. These spur us on to preach to the unsaved that they might partake of His great salvation.
The psalmist points out that it is compelling that we press forward with these occupations for two reasons. First, God desires that we draw the attention of the unbelievers to the fact that He created the universe. He designed the earth for humans. Second, the inspired writer lays a foreboding urgency of service on the living saying, “The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence”.
God has put it in the hearts of leaders and assemblies of every generation of believers to understand that life is too short for serious evangelists to drag their feet concerning seeking the lost. We must go by God’s schedule clearly declared in the Bible: “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season”.
The psalmist’s charge to believers to serve the Lord while alive because those in the grave cannot do so is especially relevant for our present generation. The proliferation of false teachings and devastating effects of global socioeconomic uncertainties and pandemics place a great burden on us, end-time people, to reach the world with the gospel of life and hope. We must show them how to be reconciled unto God through salvation in Jesus Christ, the Giver of hope.
Thought for the day
It behoves every believer to take the gospel to the living before it is too late.
- in one year
- 1 SAMUEL 15 – 16