READ : Psalm 88:1-12
We must not read the New Testament back into the Old Testament. In Scripture there is progressive revelation. Except for a flash of insight now and then, God’s Old Testament people knew little about life after death. When the Psalmist asks the question, “Do you show your wonders to the dead?” (v. 10), the answer he expects is “No.” He thinks of death as “the land of oblivion.”
But the New Testament says that “Jesus brought life and immortality to light.” Jesus reveals that beyond death there is not oblivion but a glorious life in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. So Paul can say, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.” Death is gain because it means to have more of Christ.
What a difference the revelation Christ has given us makes in our outlook on life and death. The Psalmist was God’s man, but these glorious truths had not yet been revealed. He is depressed and sees himself on the brink of death. Death is our last enemy, but it has been conquered by Christ. Death is the doorway to glory. Last year it was discovered that I have an incurable, terminal disease. Yet I look forward with the assurance that when death comes I will see my Savior face to face in all his glory.
Father, we praise you for your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.