“I certainly believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13).

To read this passage with only a view to eternity is a chronological misplacement. As a statement of confidence, David’s firm conviction is that no matter how his enemies might attack, and though circumstances would seek to prevail against him, he will not only survive but thrive in the goodness of God. It’s another affirmation that the life of faith isn’t a means of escape, that you might fly away to the sweet-bye-and-bye, but a way of engagement, that you might flourish in the ugly here and now.

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