Praise the Lord! DUH!
Isaiah 38:18-20 NIV
For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness. The living, the living—they praise you, as I am doing today; parents tell their children about your faithfulness. The Lord will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the Lord .
My first response to reading our verses for today... PRAISE THE LORD!
My second response to reading our verses for today... DUH!
PRAISE THE LORD because I am living! I can shout and sing praises to the Lord and I am a witness to the Lord's faithfulness.
DUH because it does not take the intellect of a rocket scientist to know that the grave cannot praise, death cannot sing, and the pit cannot hope.
So, why does King Hezekiah state the obvious as he reflects on the miracle of his recovery from his sickness that had him knocking on death's door?
I think he states the obvious because he knows how close he came to his own death and being buried in his own grave. I think he states the obvious because he has a greater appreciation for the life that he had before this experience and the extension of his life that he now has to look forward to for the next 15 years. I think he states the obvious because his death would have been the end of his praise here on this earth.
And perhaps, this is our challenge for today... TO LOVE and APPRECIATE our lives so much so that the most obvious response to life is to PRAISE THE LORD!
The living, the living shall PRAISE THE LORD!
Unfortunately, for so many of us, as we face the trials, tribulations, and troubles of this life, we often neglect to PRAISE THE LORD! Praising the Lord becomes one more thing to do that we mistakenly dismiss because we are overwhelmed by the realities we face that make us feel hopeless, fearful, alone, and leave us silent. We use the energy we have to get ourselves together, to make things right, to get it all under control and in the process of doing all of that, singing or shouting PRAISE THE LORD does not seem to fit where we are right now!
But Hezekiah reminds us that the least we can do, while there is breath in our bodies is PRAISE THE LORD! Regardless of our situations, and circumstances, we give GOD praise because we are ALIVE! And because we are alive, there is still an opportunity to hope and to "soon" experience the faithfulness of God.
I have attended funerals and I have visited cemeteries and I have yet to see the person in the casket wave their hand in praise. I have yet to hear the claps of those buried in their graves. I just do not think that will ever happen and to be honest with you, I do not think that I ever want to see that happen...until the second coming. I am not ready to witness any of that! I am quite comfortable with the silence of the dead. We should let the dead rest in peace. I am clear that the silence of the dead is due to the absence of physical life on earth. There is no breath in the dead or in the grave to praise. So, King Hezekiah, knowing that he was so close to being silenced by death and shut up by his own grave, highlights a profound difference between those who are alive and those who are dead.
For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness. The living, the living—they praise you, as I am doing today...
So, DUH! Praise the Lord, BlogFam, PRAISE THE LORD! While there is breath in your body, you have a reason to praise! Do not allow the trials, tribulations, or troubles of this life trip you up such that your tongue is twisted, tied, tangled up and keeping you from shouting a triumphant PRAISE THE LORD!
BlogFam, let EVERYONE that has breath, PRAISE THE LORD!
PRAISE YE THE LORD!
GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!
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