Psalm 88: Do you work wonders for the dead? Will those who have died stand up and give you thanks? Will your loving-kindness be declared in the grave?...Will your wonders be known in the dark? Or your righteousness in the country where all is forgotten?
I’m reading a group of books named as the best of last year, one of which is a collection of short stories. I usually choose full novels over short stories, preferring one coherent, flowing story over shorter pieces.
We long to know how our lives fit into the great story: of other people, God, and the universe. As we move through this life, we seem to see nothing but short stories, individual accounts of separate lives. And yet, we do fit into the larger story.
The writer of Psalm 88 wondered about whether the great story of God and God’s people extended beyond the grave. He asked, “Do you work wonders for the dead?...Will your righteousness [be known] in the country where all is forgotten?” He questioned the futility of life if it all ends in a grave, where human beings no longer exist and no longer have the capacity to glorify God.
As Christians, knowing of the risen Christ, we believe that we go on living, in some form, after this mortal life. We believe that there is no ‘land where all is forgotten.” We believe in eternal life with our Creator.
We all look like individual stories, but in fact each of us lives part of the great and everlasting story.
1 Samuel 3:1-21; Acts 2:37-47; Luke 21:5-19
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