“What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?” vs. 9
At his lowest point the psalmist tries to convince God that his death will be pointless, that if he’s gone the dust will surely not sing praises or bear witness to God’s faithfulness. Obviously he’s right and his point wins the day; he recovers and gives thanks for his life before the entire congregation. And while it’s hard for us to imagine the Lord of the Universe engaging in such a debate, the psalmist does have a point. In fact some people simply cannot believe that death could ever have the last word. What’s the point of life if it’s simply going to be obliterated? And the creation itself bears daily testimony to the triumph of life; when it appears that something has died it only means that new life is on the way, not always in the same form or shape, but new life nonetheless. The great miracle of the Universe is life and it’s amazing how persistent it is, existing and thriving in the most unlikely places. That’s what Resurrection is all about–it’s not just the new life that came to one man, it’s new life for all! Scripture says it plainly, in Christ Jesus all have been raised, and there is absolutely nothing in all creation, not even death, that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Thought for the Day: What bargains have I tried to strike with God?