Easter Wednesday – Psalm 16

1 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    I have no good apart from you.”

As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
    in whom is all my delight.

The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
    or take their names on my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
    you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

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.
10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
    or let your holy one see corruption.

11 You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Many years ago, when we were much younger, I took my family on a vacation which involved several nights in a hotel with a pool. We did not have a pool at our house, so this was a much-appreciated amenity for my children, especially my daughter, who was about three. She had not taken any swimming lessons yet but loved the water. I would stand in the pool, deeper than she was tall, and she would jump into my arms. It was a game we played until I was exhausted.

The truth is that the water into which she jumped was a deadly peril for her. She could not swim. It was deeper than she could stand. And yet, she hurled herself off the edge with squeals of delight. She trusted me. She trusted that I would catch her again. And I did. She is on the verge of jumping into a much deeper and more complex pool having graduated from college and entering the next chapters of her life. I will not be able to catch her there, but God will catch her time and again. He promised to do so in her baptism. I know it to be so; I was there that day when she was baptized. I heard the promise.

David trusts God. He commits himself to God, even in death. This is the vital core of faith. Faith trusts God. I think this is why Jesus starts the Lord’s prayer with “Our Father…” He will rescue me from my foes and no where is this more evident than the implacable foe called Death. With David we can say that our heart is glad and our whole being rejoices and our flesh rests secure. God will not abandon us to Sheol. We know this because God has not abandoned his Holy One to corruption, who died in our place. Because he lives, we rest in God’s hands.

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