The Psalmist issues a plea from self interest meant to intrigue God:
Turn, O Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.
No one remembers you when he is dead.
Who praises you from the grave? (Psalm 6:4-5)
Modern ears hear this differently than the contemporaries of the psalmist. To them, death was the opposite of life. They did not have the history of the resurrection to guide their thinking. Christians cannot claim this ignorance however. We know that his life is not all there is.
The reality of the Cross looms closer than ever. Though we don’t fear the grave, we should not also fall into the trap of treating salvation as an insurance policy. It is not just for the life beyond, it is for the hear and now. Life includes Jesus now and the Kingdom of Heaven is now. Find your purpose and fulfill it, lest you reach the final moments and realize that the Lord had called you to accomplish so much more.
Grace and peace to you.
image by Mark Landells