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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Precious Death

August 7

(Psalm 116:1-18 NIV) “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. {2} Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. {3} The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me; I was overcome by trouble and sorrow. {4} Then I called on the name of the Lord: "O Lord, save me!" {5} The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. {6} The Lord protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, he saved me. {7} Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. {8} For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, {9} that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. {10} I believed; therefore I said, "I am greatly afflicted." {11} And in my dismay I said, "All men are liars." {12} How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me? {13} I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. {14} I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. {15} Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. {16} O Lord, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant; you have freed me from my chains. {17} I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord. {18} I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, {19} in the courts of the house of the Lord -- in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.”

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His SAINTS”. Don’t miss the word “saints”. There’s only one way to become a true “saint”: trust in Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. It’s a matter of faith, not deeds. It’s a choice. We say yes to Jesus or we say no to Jesus. Those are the only two choices. When the moment of death comes we will either stand before God as a “saint”, dressed in white, or a “sinner” condemned and unclean. We either stand clothed in Christ or we stand naked. We are saved or we are lost. It’s our choice. If you have never done so, believe God now. The death of lost people breaks God’s heart. If you have never done so, come to Jesus now. Repent of any and all sin, trust in Christ for salvation, and your death can be precious in God’s sight. He’s been calling you for some time now. You have heard His call. Respond to him. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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