A follow-up to the last blog. The writer of a psalm was bemoaning the unfairness of this world, where the rich and powerful prosper and the poor and weak suffer. In verses 15-22, he realizes that there is more to life than this world and reaches a crescendo with the verses below:
23 Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever. -Psalm 73:23-26
These have been important verses for me when I was depressed and pitied myself for my misfortune in this world. This world had failed me – and so what? I realized my life here on earth was a brief breath of air and my real life would start after I passed from this world into the next. Indeed, earth had nothing I desired, but my God was ever with me in this world and I’d be with him for eternity in the next. O freedom, O freedom, O freedom from the travails of this earth when my old body passes into the grave and I am resurrected in body, soul, and spirit. Indeed freedom after a while.