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Summary: A funeral service for a most precious saint who was suddenly taken by cancer.

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Funeral Service For Bev Lee

August 23, 2003

There is only one passage of Scripture that I could turn to this morning - Psalm 103. Bev asked for this passage to be read several times in these last few weeks.

KJV Psalm 103:1 {A Psalm of David.} Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

21 Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

22 Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

Today I want to focus on the centre part of that Psalm because I believe it mirrors Bev’s life so well.

1. Praise God for forgiveness of sins 8-12

8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

If there was one thing that defined Bev Lee throughout her life it was her faith. Early in her life, she realized that she was a sinner and could never get to heaven on her own merit. Instead she asked Christ to forgive her sins and to be her Lord and Saviour. At that moment she became a child of God.

She spent the rest of her life serving Christ who had saved her by his grace. She wanted her death to be used by Christ.

2. Praise God for his care for his children 13-18

13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;

18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

During this illness, Bev never asked why. She trusted that God knew exactly what He was doing and that He would ultimately only do what was good for her.

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?


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