Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Precious in His Sight

Tomorrow is Memorial Day in the United States. It is set aside to commemorate American soldiers who died in war. Many families will remember their loved ones who gave their lives in service for their country. I personally want to thank all who have honorably served our country.

This weekend I am remembering my dad who died nine years ago on the twenty-sixth of May. He served our country during World War II, but he didn’t die in service. Health issues took his life at the age of 77 and we buried him on the Saturday of Memorial weekend in 2005. Most of his life was spent in service to his Lord and Savior as he pastored several Lutheran churches for about 50 years. 

Dad left a legacy of faith for his family as well as many churchgoers. One day after his death, the pastor of my parents’ church stopped by my mom’s house. As he chatted with us, he asked to see my dad’s Bible. Glancing through it, he discovered a number of highlighted verses that he could use in his sermon for my dad’s funeral. One verse in particular stood out for me from Psalm 116—Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints (verse 15 NKJV). I knew my daddy believed in the name of Jesus and would live eternally with Him. But I personally gained comfort from the verse knowing that while my family and I gathered around my dad’s hospital deathbed, Jesus’ spirit was assisting my dad through death to life eternal. 

Martin Luther, the man who sparked the Protestant Reformation, said that death is not death but simply sleep for believers. He knew the sting of death lessened with increased faith in Jesus Christ. Luther understood what Paul stated in the fifteenth chapter of First Corinthians. It says:

But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (verses 54-57 NASB).
Jesus died thousands of years ago on a cross for the sins of the world and we remember His death on Good Friday. Thank goodness we can celebrate a more glorious day in the observance of Easter when we glorify His resurrection. He overcame death with His resurrection and those of us living on this side of it can praise Him on Sundays and everyday for what He’s done for us. 

What do you memorialize? Who do you remember? Scripture is full of the Lord’s remembrances of the Israelites and His covenant with them. The Word continually tells us that God remembers His people, those who believe on His name. God's Word also reminds us to remember Him. Use the following verses to commemorate your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and know that He always remembers you.

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8 (NASB) 
But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18 (NASB) 

Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments from His mouth, 
O seed of Israel His servant,
Sons of Jacob, His chosen ones! 
He is the Lord our God;
His judgments are in all the earth. 
Remember His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,
The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac.
1 Chronicles 16:11-16 (NASB)

When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people: “Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.” Nehemiah 4:14 (NASB)

“Remember that you should exalt His work, Of which men have sung. Job 36:24 (NASB)

I will cause Your name to be remembered in all generations; Therefore the peoples will give You thanks forever and ever. Psalm 45:17 (NASB)

I shall remember the deeds of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. Psalm 77:11 (NASB)

He has remembered His covenant forever, The word which He commanded to a thousand generations, Psalm 105:8 (NASB)

And He remembered His covenant for their sake, And relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness. Psalm 106:45 (NASB)

And in that day you will say, “Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; Make them remember that His name is exalted.” Isaiah 12:4 (NASB)

......and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Luke 24:5-9 (NASB)

Memorial Day is a day to remember fallen loved ones. It can also be a day to remember Jesus and all that He’s done for us. Give Him praise for His blessings and thank Him for salvation in His name. And remember—you are precious in His sight as you live and when you die!

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