Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Terrors of Death

 4My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
 5Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.
 6And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.
 7Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.
 8I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest. 
(Psalm 55:4-8, King James Version)

Terrors of Death

Why does life have to be so filled with difficulties? Are we alone when we, as Christians, ask such questions? Do other Christians share the same sentiments? In answer to these questions, we have only to look at Psalms such as Psalm 55 for our answer. Here we see David, a man after God's own heart, practically consumed by the terrors of death.

David is so consumed by his fear that he cries out,
Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.
How many times do we as Christians feel the same way? How many times do we wish we could hide in our houses and ignore the storms and tempests of life altogether?

One of the blessings of the Bible is that it presents Christians in a realistic light. When we read the lives of Old Testament saints, we begin to realize that life was not an easy road. The natural conclusion should be: as Christians we should not be surprised by the difficulties of life that sometimes seem to consume us, even to the point of being fearful of the terrors of death.

We are often way too hard on believers when they go through times of difficulty to the point of seeming to have no faith. Instead of encouragement and prayer, we are too quick to only offer our criticism. As a matter of fact, our friendship takes the form of that of Job's friends, who offered criticism and condemnation to Job rather than encouragement and consolation.

We must realize that our success as Christians is not due to our own greatness, but rather it is due to the grace of God! It is through His power, alone, that we walk faithfully before Him. If His arm of protection is removed from us for just a moment, we fail miserably. That is one of the reasons that God allows us to go through times of great difficulty; it is important to realize that our strength lies only in God.

In the verses shown above, we leave David at a very vulnerable time, but as we continue through this Psalm, we will find David seeking and receiving God's help. As Christians, we must not despair as those who have no hope. Even if we are consumed by the terrors of death, we have access to the mighty throne room of God! Let us remember the words of God from Psalm 46,
 1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
 2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
 3Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. (Psalm 46:1-3, King James Version)

Go with God; in Him all things are possible!

God Bless You,

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