June 15, 2024     4:57 pm
361. Week of Twenty Fourth Sunday after Trinity - Wednesday
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints
          Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.   Psalms 116:15
          Who are the "saints" of the Lord? All believing Christians, without exception. For God forgives all their sins, imputes to them the merit of Christ, and receives them as His dear children. Aren't they therefore His saints? The Holy Spirit also dwells within them, and moves them to do holy and good works. But as long as they live on earth, their good works are imperfect. What, now, is meant by the words: "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints"? When one of His saints dies, this is a great and important event in the sight of the Lord. That is what these words say. Hence it is certain that the Lord will not allow any of His saints to die unless out of great love to them He has so decreed, and at no other time and in no other manner than He has determined it. The saints of the Lord are always in the secret place of the Most High, and abide under the shadow of the Almighty. The Lord is their refuge and their fortress. He covers them with His feathers, and lets them trust under His wings. His truth is their shield and buckler. They need not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand shall fall at their side, and ten thousand at their right hand; but it shall not come near them - unless the Lord out of great love to them would have it so. He shall give His angels charge over them to keep them in all their ways. If you are a saint of the Lord you may defiantly boast in the Lord against all adversity. Nothing can destroy your life unless the Lord so wills it. And when death comes, the Lord sends it out of great love to you. And the Lord will deliver you, and with eternal life will He satisfy you, and will show you His salvation. Indeed, precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Therefore, be His saint and rejoice!
          PRAYER: - O Lord, my God, number me among Your saints for Jesus' sake, and protect me according to Your faithfulness and love, and let my death also be precious in Your sight. And finally give to me eternal life. Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
June 15, 2024     4:57 pm