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Msg #1822 The Bell Tolls

Msg #1822 The Bell Tolls

What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

Msg #1822 The Bell Tolls

What The Bible Says

Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

 

I had not heard Psalm 116 called the Death Psalm, but the title fits. It begins, “I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications,” and proceeds to an exquisite salvation testimony, “The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me... Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. ... yea, our God is merciful.” This Psalm, not labeled such but presumed written by King Hezekiah, who understood some things about staring into death's door, now addresses “Return unto thy rest, O my soul...” and “I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living...” wherein attention is focused on dying. He reaffirms salvation, “I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD...,” before declaring in verse 15 the curiosity of this chapter, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” The marvel of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ will always be, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). Some here have loved ones on deaths door, some are themselves dealing with a cancer that could take them home this year, and none of us are guaranteed another year or day here on earth. Even in a coma on the very edge of eternity one can call upon the name of the Lord. Rehearse this Psalm and the Romans Road of salvation (3:10,23, 5:8,12,18-19, 6:23,10: 9-10,13) out loud with your loved ones while there is time. Verse 14 and 18 of Psalm 116 talks of paying ones vows. You cannot pay your own way into heaven, our Lord Jesus Christ paid your necessary sacrificial vows. Call on him today.

An Essay for week #22 Jun 3, 2018

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