DCLM Daily Manna 2 December 2021 — The Dead Cannot Praise God

DCLM Daily Manna 2 December 2021 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — The Dead Cannot Praise God


TEXT: Psalm 115:12-18

12 The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.

13 He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

14 The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

15 Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.

16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.

18 But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.

“The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.” – (Psalm 115:17)


The greatest service a creature can render unto his Creator is continual sacrifices of praise. God inhabits the praises of saints. It is the understanding of this truth that made Fanny Crosby, in 1869, to write the wonderful song: “Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!”

Our text centres on the need for believers to reflect on God’s goodness. The psalmist calls for the people of God to continually trust, bless and praise Him for His mercies and compassion which faileth not. Idols, which are a creation of men have eyes, but cannot see; they have ears, but they cannot hear; they have mouths but cannot talk. They have legs and hands but they cannot move or work with them. Those idols are dead creatures and their worshippers are dead spiritually.

The dead cannot praise God. This includes the spiritually dead – sinners and backsliders. We know that the text refers to spiritual death because the saints will continue to praise God even in heaven after death as affirmed in the last verse of the chapter. They will never go down into silence as they will be presenting God with sacrifices of praise even in heaven forever. This is the main work of angels in the court of heaven.

Sinners and backsliders cannot praise God as sin has silenced them. God will never accept their praises; they are abomination to Him. He can only listen to their prayer of repentance. They should therefore run to the cross for spiritual cleansing so that their praises can be acceptable unto God. Believers should, therefore, consecrate their lives to the praises of God.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Let your life and mouth praise the Lord.


1. Admit that you are a sinner. "For all [humans] have sinned, and comes short of the glory of God....[and] the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 3:23)
2. Repent now. "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ...[for] if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness " (Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9)
3. Believe that God loves you and Jesus died for you. "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet Sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
4. Invite Jesus into your life through prayer of faith. Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20)