No Fear of Death

“In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me? I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you. For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.”

Psalm 56:10-13

When the doctor walks into the room at the hospital and states that they got all the cancer, there is instant relief and thankful words tumble out of our mouths. When the accident that looks like it’s going to happen becomes a near miss, we breathe a huge sigh of relief and praise fills our hearts. When severe turbulence on a plane finally ends and the pilot announces that now it looks like friendly skies and smooth sailing, we can then lean back in our seats and rest.

David knew that rest. Deliverance from enemies, deliverance from death, David understood. There is great peace in David’s statement. God had delivered him from death. No matter what else happened, death was off the table for this moment in his life. He felt the relief, and announced it with praise.

We can know that same peace because for us the same is true. We have been delivered from death. The sentence of death is off the table. The day we receive the gift of salvation, death loses any power over us, not just for a moment, or a day, or even our years, death loses its power over us for eternity.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Father, there is never a day where I need to fear death. You have removed the death penalty and I will spend an eternity giving You praise and thanks. I want my days here to be filled with praise as well.

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