Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Psalm 16: Life after Life

KEY TEXT: Psalms 16:7-11 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

KEY THOT: This psalm reflects David's security in the Lord in life and in death. In this life, he experiences the Lord's counsel and guidance: "the Lord who gives me counsel" (v.7) for he has "set the Lord always before me". That is the secret of David's security in this life--always setting the Lord before him. That means to constantly seek God's guidance and intervention in every situation--not just at crisis moments but even in the mundane everyday decisions. To set the Lord before oneself is to commit every decision into God's hand--not just the "big" decisions but also the "little" ones. For when our "little" decisions are committed to the Lord, the "big" ones will take care of themselves. But David's security goes beyond this life: "For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption" (v.10). He knows that he won't be left among the dead in Sheol but will be in God's presence after this life is over.

He concludes this psalm by affirming that God has made known to him "the path of life." For faith does not believe in life after death, but life after life. When we walk in God's presence, we do not fear life nor death, for "in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." What glorious hope! What glorious way to live--life before death and life after death. For a believer in the Lord, death has been conquered. When this life is over, we do not join the rank of the dead in Sheol awaiting judgment. Instead, we pass straight into Paradise among the rank of living. We pass from this temporal life on earth into eternal life in heaven in the presence of God's joy and pleasures forevermore. What a glorious prospect!

Father, thank You that You have given us abundant life on earth and eternal life in heaven. What a glorious hope! Amen.

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