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In Case You Missed It -- Genesis 25:12-18, Psalm 16

Today let’s focus on the psalm reading. Psalm 16 is full of wonderful statements about God’s goodness and greatness. The truths that there is “no good thing” apart from God and that God alone is “my portion, my cup” succinctly show a heart with proper perspective. However, I want to focus on David’s statement that God “will not abandon me to the realm of the dead” and “you will fill me with joy with eternal pleasures at your right hand” (Psalm 16:10-11). David made these confident claims in the Old Testament, when there had been little mention of the afterlife. Most of God’s promises to David’s people focused on descendants, land, or what we call “earthly blessings”, yet David is so in touch with God’s heart for His people that he could speak confidently about God’s desire to offer His goodness not just in one life, but in an eternal life! God does not overtly start to reveal His plans to rescue a people for eternal life until later prophets arise (i.e. Ezekiel 37, Daniel 12:1-3). Others, like Job, speak about the possibility of afterlife, but not as clearly as David does here. This is but one reason that David is called a man after God’s own heart; he anticipates God’s promises before God states them plainly, at least as far as we know. Let us, like David, delight in the heart of a God who wants to bring us into HIs gracious presencenot just now, but forever. God alone is our portion and our cup.

Jeremiah Vaught