Our last enemy is death as Paul teaches in I Corinthians 15:26. O Lord, rise up, defend your children, be a shield and salvation, lift up our downcast heads! Protect us from sin and the devil, and lead us to your kingdom when our life on earth here ceases.
May the comfort of His resurrection, where Jesus conquered our last enemy of death, be the anchor for the souls of those who have lost their loved ones. "....but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel." 2 Timothy 1:10
1 Lord, o how many are my foes! Many are rising against me;
2 many are saying of my soul,
there is no salvation for him in God. Selah
3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
4 I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
5 I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.
7 Arise, O Lord!
Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation belongs to the Lord;
your blessing be on your people! Selah
This psalm belongs to the First Commandment, that God will be our God and our help. The psalm is in the Seventh Petition of the Lord's Prayer, in which we pray to be delivered from all evil.
Luther's Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, be with us as the sure defense of your Church. Defend us against our enemies, preserve us from the persecutions of the wicked, and when our last hour has come, deliver us from all evil, both of body and soul, and receive us into Your everlasting kingdom. Amen.