“The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.
But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.”
In these two verses, the psalmist redefines death as a spiritual condition instead of a physical one. According to him, the dead are those who are silent, those who do not praise God. But, he declares, the righteous will never stop praising God, forever.
If you are truly alive, your voice is heard in the congregation of God’s saints, offering God the sweet aroma of praise for His wonderful works and grace. But beware. The psalmist said that a believer’s silence in the midst of God’s congregation carries with it the stench of death.