January 23

READ Psalm 16:7–11. 7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs
me. 8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, 10 because you
will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. 11 You
make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures
at your right hand.
THE BEST IS YET TO COME. If God is our greatest good, we get what can’t be lost
and will only increase—infinitely. The Lord is at our right hand. To be at
someone’s right hand is to be their advocate in court or support in battle or
companion for a journey. In Christ this is all literally true (Acts 2:24–36).
Because he died and rose for us, he is our representative in heaven (so we are
completely forgiven) and companion on earth (so we are intimately loved). And
someday we will not just sense him at our side but see him face to face. In our
resurrected bodies that will be endless, unimaginable pleasure (verses 9–11).
Now we have nothing to fear.
Prayer: Lord, as I lay down in sleep last night and rose this morning only by
your grace, so keep me in a joyful, lively remembrance that whatever happens, I
will someday know my final rising—the resurrection—because Jesus Christ lay
down in death for me and rose for my justification. Amen.

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