Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” (Part V of D.L. Moody’s Sermon “The Ninety-First Psalm”)
V. “With Long Life Will I Satisfy Him” I get a good deal of comfort out of that promise. I do not think that means a short life down here, seventy years, eighty years, ninety years, or one hundred years. Do you think that any man living would be satisfied if they could live to be one hundred years old and then have to die? Not by a good deal. Suppose Adam had lived until today and had to die tonight, would he be satisfied? Not a bit of it? Not if he had lived a million years, and then had to die. You know we are all the time coming to the end of things here, – the end of the week, the end of the month, the end of the year, the end of school days. It is end, end, end all the time. But, thank God, He is going to satisfy us with long life; no end to it, an endless life.
Life is very sweet. I never liked death; I like life. It would be a pretty dark world if death was eternal, and when our loved ones die we are to be eternally separated from them. Thank God, it is not so; we shall be re-united. It is just moving out of this house into a better one; stepping up higher, and living on and on forever. There is a verse – probably you have never noticed it – that came to me with great sweetness some time ago. It is in the 21st Psalm, the 4th verse: “He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days forever and ever.” Think of that, length of days forever and ever! Do you think Moses is dead yet? He never lived as he does today, never; and he is going to live on and on forever. What does Christ say? “If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.” Never! Don’t you want to live forever? You can if you will. Eternal life is as free as the air that you and I take into our lungs. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that send me hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.” Yes. “With long life will I satisfy him.”
Is there anyone here who has not got eternal life? I do not like to pass over this, and leave anyone outside the kingdom. If you are not in, my friend, take my advice; do not eat, nor drink nor sleep until you get eternal life. Then this body may be taken away, but if it is, you will make something out of death. “If our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
When a young man, I was called upon suddenly, in Chicago, to preach a funeral sermon. A good many Chicago business men were to be there, and I said to myself, “Now, it will be a good chance for me to preach the Gospel to those men, and I will get one of Christ’s funeral sermons.” I hunted all through the four Gospels trying to find one of Christ’s funeral sermons, but I could not find any. I found that He broke up every funeral He ever attended! He never preached a funeral sermon in the world. Death could not exist where He was. When the dead heard His voice they sprang to life. He will smash up the undertaking business when He comes to reign. “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth inn me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”
The 23rd Psalm is more misquoted than anything else in the whole Bible. It is known in all the Catholic churches; it is known in the Greek church; it is in the Jewish synagogue: they chant it in a great many denominations, burying the dead; and armies went to battle chanting the 23rd Psalm. And yet I believe it is more misquoted than anything in the Bible. People will weave it into their prayers, and conversation, and chapel services. They will say, “Yea, though I walk through the dark valley.” They will always emphasize the word “dark,” and send the cold chills running down your back. “Yea, though I walk through the dark valley of the shadow of death.” I want to tell you, my dear friends, the word “dark” is not there at all. The devil sticks that in there to confuse believers. It is, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” What is the difference? Must not there be light where there is shadow? Can you get a shadow without light? If you doubt it, go down into the cellar tonight without a light, and find your shadow if you can.
All that death can do to a true believer is to throw a shadow across his path. Shadows never hurt anyone. You can walk right through shadows as you can through fog, and there is nothing to fear! I pity down deep in my heart any man or woman that lives under the bondage of death! If you are under it, may God bring you out today! May you come right out into the liberty of the blessed Gospel of the Son of God. Jesus Christ came into the world to destroy death, and we can say with Paul, if we will, “O death, where is they sting?” and we can hear a voice rolling down from Heaven saying, “Buried in the bosom of the Son of God.” He took death unto His own bosom. He went into the grave to conquer and overthrow it, and when He arose from the dead He said, “Because I live, ye shall live also.” Thank God, we have a long life with Christ in glory!
My dear friends, if we are in Christ, we are never going to die. Do you believe that? If sometime you should read that D. L. Moody, of East Northfield, is dead, do not believe a word of it. He has gone up higher, that is all; gone out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal, a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint, a body fashioned like unto His own glorious body. Moses would not have changed the body he had at the transfiguration for the body he had at Pisgah. Elijah would not have changed the body he had at the transfiguration for the body he had under the juniper tree. They got better bodies; and I too am going to make something out of death. (Oh how I look forward to seeing and fellow-shipping with this great man of God, D. L. Moody, when I too trade this earthly vessel for the glorified body I will receive as I am transported from this world into God’s Blessed Eternal, Heavenly City! Anna)