READ: Psalm 16
My heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. —Psalm 16:9
My cousin Ken fought a courageous 4-year battle with cancer. In his final
days, his wife, three children, and several grandchildren were in and
out of his room, spending time with him and sharing special goodbyes.
When everyone was out of the room for a moment, he slipped into
eternity. After the family realized that he was gone, one young
granddaughter sweetly remarked, “Grandpa snucked out.” One moment the
Lord was with Ken here on earth; the next moment Ken’s spirit was with
the Lord in heaven.
Psalm 16 was a favorite psalm of Ken’s that he had requested to be read at
his memorial service. He agreed with the psalmist David who said that
there was no treasure more valuable than a personal relationship with
God (vv.2,5). With the Lord as his refuge, David also knew that the
grave does not rob believers of life. He said, “You will not leave my
soul in Sheol [the grave]” (v.10). Neither Ken nor anyone else who knows Jesus as Savior will be abandoned in death.
Because of Jesus’ own death and resurrection, we too will rise one day (Acts
2:25-28; 1 Cor. 15:20-22). And we will find that “at [God’s] right hand
are pleasures forevermore” (Ps. 16:11). —Anne Cetas
“In the Beloved” accepted am I,
Risen, ascended, and seated on high;
Saved from all sin through His infinite grace,
I am accorded in heaven a place. —Martin
God is our treasure now, and being with Him in heaven will bring pleasures forever.