You Will Not Abandon

…because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one
see decay.
Psalm 16:10

I realized quickly after leaving college that I would no longer be equipped with easy means of evaluating success and failure. The learning curve of dealing with the ambiguities of the day-to-day is immense… assessment is what I know and what I have come to trust to provide me with value and meaning. To take that step out into the realm of uncertainty requires boldness, trust, and a willingness to embrace confusion.

Throughout his psalms, David often acknowledges and grapples with the uncertainty of life as king and as God’s servant. He did not have the luxury of knowing he had made a right decision; he, however, continued to root himself in a deeper and truer certainty. God would provide. David makes the ridiculous claim here that those faithful to God would never see decay. No justification existed for such a statement… every man before David, king or poor, had been given over to the grave. Death seemed the one knowable fact in a life full of confusion.

Thus, in speaking with utmost trust and submission (escape from death was something David could never bring about), David spoke prophetically of the Messiah. A life of continual assessment and accomplishment leaves no room for prophecy. Only where submission to and trust in God are required can we as Christians speak with the utter dependency that leads us to the prophetic. Lent calls us back to this dependency, leading to a submission that leaves us open to speaking prophetic truths in a confused world.

~ Ben Gibson

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