Friday, November 4, 2016

Line #2: Are They Praising God?

Yesterday, we established that the dead are just sleeping a sleep, from which only Jesus can awaken them. Let us continue to dissect the question of what they are or not doing, in that sleeping position.

Line 2: “I am not praising God like many people think, as I said before, I am just asleep.”

 This second line of poetry quickly dispels the idea of a person being in heaven, in the presence of God. Let’s think about this. If you were to die and go straight to heaven, would not your joy of being in the presence of the Almighty, Omnipotent God fill you with excitement and continuous praise? I mean, really now; if you have lost all of your earthly cares; your endless future spanning out before you, with the promise of no more sickness, death, disappointment, heartache or hard times, would you not break out in glee-filled praise? I know that I would! But the poem states very emphatically that that is not what the person is doing; then it reiterates that the person is just sleeping. Well, what is going on here?

Ps. 115:17 - “17 The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence.”  King James Version (KJV)

Wow! The Psalmist declares that where the person is, is silent. Well, that makes sense doesn’t it? When a person goes to sleep, (other than for a little snoring), it is dead silence. They don’t even know they are in the world. Those around them, who are awake, know that they are just sleeping, but they don’t even know, the exact time, when they fell asleep. The same is true of death. They go down into silence. Hence, there is no shouting or praising God.

In order to praise God, one has to be alive and awake, with the ability to make sound and possibly the ability to move their limbs, so that they might clap their hands or tap their feet. But none of that is going on. It is just - Dead Silence!

  One would need to be more than human to praise God, under those conditions and well, we all know the truth about that; at least I hope that we do.

 Stay tuned in and keep reading; it’s about to get really interesting! Check it out tomorrow.

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All Scriptures are taken from the KJV – King James Version Bible

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Published on this Blog – 11/4/2016

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