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고 이원상 목사님 하관 예배 설교문(영어) - 설교자 : 이승서(Joseph) 목사

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31 Dec 2016 21:04 #370 by 이문선
* 고 이원상 목사님의 아들 이승서(Joseph) 목사님이 하관 예배시 전한 설교문입니다. 보다 확실한 의미 전달을 위해서 영어 원문 그대로 전해드립니다.

Title: Joy in the Mourning
Scriptures: Psalm 30:1-12

Thank you for coming, today. This is one of the most difficult things I will ever have to do in my life. But, at the same time, it’s one of the things I feel it’s the most honorable thing I can do today - to honor the life of my father.
My dad always told me, “Don’t speak too long.” I’m going to heed to his word today so I’m not going to speak for a long time.
I chose Psalm 30 today because right now it’s not a time to think about those who are gone on. If my father were here, he would say, “This time is for those who are living. It’s for you to be reminded of the life that you have to live each and every day.”
I chose Psalm because it tells us about our God who is very present in the midst of joy but also God who is present in the midst of sorrow and sadness and sickness and in death. It tells us to have faith to hold on the something that we believe it’s true. My father gave his life. He dedicated and devoted his life to the very end. He held on to his faith. He never waivered in the midst of trouble and sickness and hurt and pain. He never waivered from the truth.
Psam 30:1-5 says, “I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me. O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.”

From the very beginning of his journey with his battle with cancer, my dad lifted up this prayer. My dad said, “Lord, I am going to Washington Hospital Center for CT scan. Whatever the test result may be, I am confident in your power and plan. I do not believe that you will waste my life but you will use it for your glory. Lord, I commit my life to your hand and want to be used for your glory and honor. Thank you for giving confidence in you. And I am your servant. Use me for your glory alone. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

He knew that the only way to be able to endure these trials that laid ahead of him was by crying out to his God, to see that he needed to walk with God.
We must remember just as my father did that trials are temporary. The sufferings that we experience in this world will not last forever. My dad knew that. And that gave him confidence to take each step going through Chemo and radiation for the few weeks of his life having hard time breathing and fighting with every breath to lift up prayers for me, for my mom, for my children, for his family.
The Psalm here declares that we need to have a posture of worship. My dad constantly had the posture of worship. He was always before his Father. And we cry out. When we are in need, we cry out to the One who hears our prayers. Verse 6 tells us, ”As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.” By your favor, O LORD, you made my mountain stand strong; you hid your face; I was dismayed. To you, O LORD, I cry, and to the Lord I plead for mercy.”

As we live our lives, we must ever draw near to the throne of grace to receive mercy. He is God that hears. He is God that listens. And, at times, in the midst of sour suffering and sorrow, we are all thinking to ask question, why? Over the past week, I thought, ‘Why? My God, why would you take my father at this time? He gave his life, he prayed, he sacrificed. He never thought about himself. Why, O God, would you give him the sickness? Why would you make him suffer at the end of his life?’ And I began to ask these questions and I began to cry out to the Lord. But my comfort did not come in knowing the answer to the question why.
But just like my father, my comfort came from the answer to the question of who. My father knew without a shadow of doubt that it was God, that it doesn’t matter what happens. He believed and trusted in the sovereign God. He would cry out to God. He said, “O my God, have mercy on me.” His rest in comfort, his inner strength to live his life in his last days came from knowing God. And I believe my father in this time would say to you, “Who would you know? Where do you place your hope in the midst of trial? Are you wanting to know the answer to why? Or are you running to the one who loved you, he who sacrificed his one and only Son to die on the cross to pay for our sins?”
Today is the day of sorrow and mourning. There is sadness because today we bury my father. We bury our pastor. We bury our friend. Today is the day of mourning because we will not see him anymore. But the psalmer says in verse 11, “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing.” I cannot imagine dancing on this day. But today is the day of mourning. You know what? Without sadness, there can be no happiness. There must be pain before there is joy. And how do I know that? Because God went through the ultimate pain of sacrificing his son so that we too could experience the joy of being with him forever.
Our promise. God makes us a promise and I want to read from Revelation 21, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
And so today we say goodbye to my father. And as we sit here mourning in grief, we know that sadness will end. And I pray for those of you here who don’t have that hope, who don’t know what life will be in your last days. That’s what my father would say, “I hope and pray that even today you can cry out to God who invites you into his kingdom, who invites you and says, “Turn to me. I will never leave your or forsake you. I love you with an everlasting and eternal love. Run to me today. For today is the day that you shall see the kingdom of God.””

And so I want to thank every one of you. Thank you for showing love, honor and respect to my father. Thank you for the ways you have sacrificed over many many years - the time, money, effort and prayers. Thank you for loving and supporting my mother. And I just ask that you will continue to keep her in your prayers that God would continue to give her strength to walk each day, to fight each day, to trust in the Lord just like my father did. And as we say goodbye to my father, we know that this goodbye is only for a little while because we know that sometime soon that our heavenly father will come back and he will all bring us home. So until that day, we say goodbye. Goodbye until we meet again. Thank you.
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