But you will die like mere mortals
and fall like every other ruler.
Psalm 82:7 (NLT)
Many have attempted to cheat death, but none have succeeded. I thought this morning of baseball great Ted Williams whose death and estate became a circus when his son had his body cryogenically preserved in the hope that science might someday figure out a way to do what Dr. Frankenstein dreamed and reanimate the family. The younger Williams obviously placed his faith in human thinking, ingenuity and science. Whether Ted Williams believed this and wanted this is a matter of great debate. In the meantime, both Ted Williams and his son still died, and they are still dead.
As the saying goes, “you’ll never see a hearse pulling a U-Haul.” Death is the great equalizer. Everyone dies, which Asaph pointed out in the lyric of today’s psalm. As uncomfortable as it is for some of us to think about, it’s an important truth to let sink in. It leads to other important questions about what we believe, how we want to spend our days, and how we want to invest our life’s time, energy and resources.