Read Psalm 86. Today, we are going to look at how God delivers us from death. In Psalm 86:13, we read: “You love me so much and You placed Your greatness upon me. You rescued me from the deepest place of darkness, and You have delivered me from a certain death” (TPT).
The Bible speaks about the wages of sin resulting in death (Romans 6:23). When we think of death, we should consider both physical death and spiritual death. The spiritual death begins the moment we turn away from God our Creator. If we are not connected to Him, our Source of Life, we slowly die. If we do not receive Jesus, if we do not have Jesus bridging the gap and paying the penalty for our sins, we slowly experience this spiritual death. Along with the spiritual death, there is the physical death that occurs the moment we die — the moment we cease to breathe. God delivers us from both the spiritual and physical death.
Let us return back to Romans 6:23 to look more closely at the second part of the verse: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (ESV). The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus. Our great Deliverer. As Isaiah notes, “Indeed, it was for my own well-being that I had such intense bitterness; but Your love has delivered me from the Pit of destruction, for You have thrown all my sins behind Your back” (38:17 CSB). It is because of God’s free gift, it is because of God’s love, that we can celebrate that we have been delivered from death.
Many people are afraid of death, afraid of dying. In Christ, we need not fear death. We can trust that when our physical bodies die, that we still live on in eternal life with Christ Jesus. Nothing can snatch us from His hand. We will spend forever with Him. It is not an end, but a new beginning. This new beginning begins the moment we accept Jesus Christ — the moment we believe that Jesus died on the Cross to pay the price for our sins, and that He was buried and rose on the third day. As believers, when we experience our physical death, we rise with Him! He is our Deliverer from Death. He is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25). Amen!