Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
5 The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
7 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
When we are surrounded by pain and suffering, we can sometimes feel guilty about things going well in our lives. This psalm is a reminder that it is always good to praise God for the joy and pleasure in our lives when “the boundary lines have fallen in pleasant places.” We can indulge in thanking Him for what He has done.
This psalm seems to include the promises of joy in the earth made new as well. It indicates that the joys we have now are hints of what we’ll have when our bodies won’t decay and we will have “pleasures at [God’s] right hand” forevermore.
So while we expect that this world will be full of sorrow and pain because of sin, we also know that times of “transcendence,” those indicators of the Kingdom made new, are also to be expected. We will sometimes have joy and peace and pleasure in life. And we can see it as a down payment on the promise of the New Heaven and the New Earth.
Lisa Clark Diller
Chair, Dept. of History and Political Studies
Southern Adventist University