Preaching Psalm 19 at a funeral
I’m preaching a funeral tomorrow evening. Before any funeral, I always ask the family whether they have a particular Bible passage that’s especially meaningful to them. I’d say ninety percent of families choose Psalm 23 for all of the obvious reasons. This family, however, chose Psalm 19.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. (Psalm 19:1, 2)
Though I’m not entirely sure how to make this psalm fit the context of a funeral just yet, I’m thrilled to preach it nonetheless.
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:7-11)