1Samuel 25:1, Psalm 23:4, Psalm 116:15
Jesus conquered death and the sting of death, [1Cor 15:55-57]yet we still mourn when the death of a loved one occurs. God’s Word records just one verse about the death of Samuel. “Samuel died, and all Israel gathered together and mourned for him and buried him in his house in Ramah.” [Ps 25:1] In our recent news, Prince Philip has died, and all of England has mourned over him, yet his wife, Queen Elizabeth must sit alone at his funeral because of man-made rules in the time of a pandemic. The rules of men take away the one thing needed a family needs at this time: comfort. Thus we turn to the Psalms in our time of mourning and we are comforted:
Ps 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me.” and
Ps 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”
Samuel was a man birthed from a mother’s prayer, and he lived as a man of prayer all of his life: “far be far from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you.” [1Sam 12:23]
His deeds, his walk with God, and his epitaph is the record so we may know the kind of man he was. What will be on your tombstone?