Return, O Lord, and rescue me. Save me because of your unfailing love. For in death, who remembers you? Who can praise you from the grave? Psalm 6: 4-5 NLT
Okay, this is pretty sneaky. It reminds me of the time God got very mad at the people who were misbehaving while Moses was receiving the ten commandments. God wanted to destroy them all and make descendants from Moses. Moses countered: What would all the surrounding nations think of God who saved his people from slavery only to destroy them?
These verses are of the same kind of argument. God, you need to save me now because what good am I going to be to you dead? I won't be able to praise you then. Of course, you and I as Christians could argue differently. But for the psalmist, this was a pretty good argument.
Have you ever argued with God? Have you ever made a deal with God? Did you ever say, God if you will do this, then I will do that? Rescue me now and I will praise you forever!
The best argument you and I need is the one hidden in the midst of verse 4: Save me because of your unfailing love.
Save me because you love me.
Not because I can do something for you.
Not because I can only praise you while living.
Not because we've made some big deal.
Save me because of your unfailing love.
God, you love us so much. Help us not to make deals with you but to simply love you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2011 Amelia G. Sims