Before I left Nairobi, Mary told me about another dear friend in Texas who lost her dad while I was away and another who had to put their beloved parent on hospice. I already told you about the death we witnessed as we traveled to Kakamega from Nairobi. At night, when I became restless, I found myself praying.
The psalmist knew by experience the sleepless and restless nights of grief. That’s why in the Daleth Section of Psalm 119:25-32 (Daleth is the Hebrew equivalent of our letter “D”) he wrote at the midpoint of this section,
“My life force melts away from grief. Raise me up, strengthen me, according to Your Word.” Psalm 119:28
LORD, this section begins with the hard fact that Ecclesiastes stresses that all of our souls cling to the dust. Our physical bodies end up as just a small amount of dirt (Psalm 119:25). But your Old Covenant child ends this section stressing that we can run in obedience to your commands and you will not allow our heart to melt away. You will enlarge it. Thank you that the resurrection of Jesus proves you will make good on this promise, and the life expectancy of heaven will be eternal.
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