A Proverb in a Song, part 14

“For his soul will bless his life,

and he will praise you when you are good to yourself;

he will enter into the generation of his fathers,

he will not see light eternally.”

(Psalm 49:19-20 {Psalm 49:18-19 in English Bibles})

 

Darkness.  Darkness was over the face of the deep before God revealed his Shekinah Glory over creation.  After the fall of man, darkness was in the world until God revealed his Shekinah Glory in his Son.  Indeed, God has shown light in various places and at various times, revealing himself in his Word to us through the prophets who wrote the Old Testament, but the fullness of his revelation had to wait until the coming of his Son—the fullness of God revealed in flesh. Apart from God and apart from his presence there is no light in the world—there can be.  And those who reject God in this life—those who seek after idols of their own making and never submit to God’s Son as their Lord and Savior—are destined for a place of darkness and gloom (Jude 13) where the fire is never quenched, the worm does not die (Mark 9:48), and the torture does not end (Matthew 19:34-35).  It is a place filled with the sounds of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Luke 13:28).  Oh, beloved, eternal damnation awaits those who flee from God.

Yet, while the sounds of weeping and gnashing of teeth form the song of Hell, the sound of tens of thousands of angels and all creation form the background to the song of praise that will fill eternal glory.  Oh , what a contrast there is.  We may not receive the accolades that the pagans receive in this life, but how wonderful is the promise that we have been given for eternity.  And, oh, beloved, how much longer eternity is than even hundreds of years on this earth.  What a wonderful thing we have been promised and that we have to look forward to!

But how is it that we know whether that person walking down the street is really an person destined for damnation or just a life in whom God has yet to work?  And how is it that you can tell whether it is you that God intends to use to witness to this person?  That is—until you share the gospel with them—until you try and tell them of all the wonders of God—until you, like this psalmist, share the truth with all who would hear?  Oh, dear friends, so often we assume that God will work through someone else.  The question that you should be asking God every day is, “why not me, Lord, why not work through me?”

A willing spirit, a thankful heart,

Dear Lord, to me will you impart,

That the truth of Jesus I may share,

To those who walk this world without a care.


 

Shekinah is derived from the Hebrew word !k;v’ (shakan), which means “to dwell”—it is the glory of God dwelling with his people, symbolized by the tabernacle and the temple and made perfect in the coming of Christ.

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