Life Versus Death

May the Lord add to [your numbers], both yours and your children’s. May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. The heavens are the Lord’s, but the earth He has given to the human race. It is not the dead who praise the Lord, nor any of those descending into the silence [of death]. But we will praise the Lord, both now and forever. Hallelujah! (vv. 14-18).

Why don’t we sing? The Maker of heaven and earth has given us everything to delight us, but so many people move through the measure of their days like marionettes, with painted smiles and no music in their hearts.

Why don’t we sing? There are three primary reasons.

First, the pressures and complexities of modern life can take the song right

out of the heart. Contemporary lifestyles often destroy intimacy, the soil in which artistry grows.

Next, we are overexposed to music, especially’elevator music.” Second-rate sounds flood the airwaves at home, in the car, in the office, in restaurants. It’s like musical wallpaper, so we become spectators rather than participants.

Third, “it is not the dead [person’s without the Lord]” who praise him. The psalmist tells us that they go to a place of silence (v. 17). There is no singing there!

Against the backdrop of pagan idolatry, the psalmist pleads with the house of Israel, the house of Aaron, and all who fear the Lord, to place their trust in the Lord and to lift their voices in praise. “We will praise the Lord, both now and forever” (v. 18).

Personal Prayer

O Lord, help me to trust and praise you endlessly. May I personally and with full selfawareness experience your blessing.

A Contemporary Lyric

Endless Praise

I sing the wonder of Your power,

I give the glory due Your name;

I see the splendor of Your holiness,

I marvel that forever You’re the same.

I praise You for You alone are worthy,

I bless You for Your love and grace;

My soul finds refuge in Your mercy

And for endless days I’ll sing Your endless praise!

Words and music by Phil and Lynne Brower © 1985 Singspiration.

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