3The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.
4Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
(Psalm 116:3-4, King James Version)
Did you notice that there is something missing in these two verses? The writer of the Psalm is terrified; he is surrounded by the sorrows of death and can even feel the pains of hell. His life is filled with trouble and sorrow. So, what is missing? In the Psalmist's plea, he does not cry out that the Lord would save his life.
We live in a time when the attitude of most is life at all costs. Our love of this life propels our health care industry into a multi-billion dollar industry. There are those who would practically sell everything they own for one more hour, or day, or week, or year of life. Why, then, did the Psalmist not cry out for his life?
The Psalmist realized what we often do not--there is one thing more valuable to us than our life. Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. Our life is but a shadow or a vapor; we live our three score and ten years, more or less, and then it is over. Is that it? Is that the end? No, it is not the end!
Our life may end, but our soul goes on to live for all eternity. Why, then, are we not more concerned about our soul, rather than our life? The Psalmist was near to death, and yet he did not cry out for life; he cried out for the Lord to deliver his soul. Deliver his soul from what?
Left to ourselves, everyone's soul belongs to Satan! From the time of Adam and Eve's sins in the Garden of Eden, the souls of all mankind were turned over to Satan. Facing the pains of hell, the Psalmist cried out to God to deliver his soul from the grip of Satan.
Is there hope for us? Yes, as long as there is life, there is hope. Christ lived, died, and was resurrected so that we might claim His righteousness. He has paid the blood price for our souls. Like the Psalmist, we only need to turn to Christ, giving Him ownership of our souls. It is a simple choice which, unfortunately, most ignore or refuse to give credence to. Yet, to ignore Christ is to choose Satan.
This day, let us turn our hearts and our souls over to Christ. In Christ, there is no fear of death, for death has lost its sting. Death, then, is just our entry into eternity with God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
God Bless You,