My cousin Ken fought a courageous 4-year battle with cancer. In his final days, his wife, three children, and several grandchildren were in and out of his room, spending time with him and sharing special goodbyes. When everyone was out of the room for a moment, he slipped into eternity. After the family realized that he was gone, one young granddaughter sweetly remarked, Grandpa snucked out. One moment the Lord was with Ken here on earth; the next moment Kens spirit was with the Lord in heaven.
Psalm 16 was a favorite psalm of Kens that he had requested to be read at his memorial service. He agreed with the psalmist David who said that there was no treasure more valuable than a personal relationship with God (vv.2,5). With the Lord as his refuge, David also knew that the grave does not rob believers of life. He said, You will not leave my soul in Sheol [the grave] (v.10). Neither Ken nor anyone else who knows Jesus as Savior will be abandoned in death.
Because of Jesus own death and resurrection, we too will rise one day (Acts 2:25-28; 1 Cor. 15:20-22). And we will find that at [Gods] right hand are pleasures forevermore (Ps. 16:11).
Read: Psalm 16
Good evening, Mayor, and thank you for today’s sustenance for body and soul.