In May 2013, Ibragim Todashev was shot to death by the FBI. Investigating, reporter Susan Zalkind found a tie between Todashev and the Boston Marathon bombing. Her report, The Murders Before the Marathon, in Boston Magazine, March 2014, relates that Ibragim Todashev had implicated himself in three gruesome murders in Boston early in 2011. One accomplice he named was Tamerlan Tsarnaev, known as one of the Boston Marathon bombers. Supposedly, just as Todashev was about to sign a confession, he went wild and the FBI shot him. Ms. Zalkind complains that the FBI has refused to give more information. One source she cannot consult is Todashev because
dead men tell no tales.
Long ago, David applied this principle in a different way. He observed that dead men sing no praises to God. Dead men give no gospel. Here’s how he said it in Psalm 30:9:
What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness?
God formed man from dust and breathed life into that form. At death, the body returns to dust. Living dust can praise God. Dead dust is mute. Death smothers the voice. There are no lips to proclaim God’s praise or sing a hymn. There is no vocal cord to commune with God in prayer, to tell Him what a delight He is. There is no speech to read His Word aloud. There is no tongue to tell of God’s good works. There is no breath to carry on its wind the good news of Jesus. Death cuts off all earthly opportunities to publicly praise God and tell unbelievers about Him.
Life on earth is short and dead men tell no truths of God. Therefore, may we now be as industrious as possible about proclaiming His name.
Glorify God while we can!