Psalm 66:8-9

8Bless our God, O peoples;

let the sound of his praise be heard,

9who has kept our soul among the living

and has not let our feet slip.

Life is always a gift from God. What hardships, what disappointments, discouragements, set backs … were there in the Psalmist’s life that could have cause him to say “God has turned away from me since he has kept my soul among the living”? “Why doesn’t He just take my life and get me out of this mess?”

Life is a gift. Regardless of the problem it is better to be alive than dead. This presents a paradox for the believer. He knows that “to depart and be with Christ is far better”, but he also knows that death is an enemy that is not a welcome visitor (I Corinthians 15:26).

As those who know that upon death there is an end to all the hardships of life, it is amazing that Christians value life the way they do. For some, this may be nothing more than doubt about their spiritual welfare, but for most of us it is a matter of having the image of God in us to the degree that we love life and do not want to let go of it.

Today is a gift from God to you. Thank Him for it. Do not see this life as the end of things and that your goal is to get everything from it that you can since we are here for a good time not a long time. But do not commit the opposite error of despising life and living in the hope that it ends soon.

The end of the matter is this. God has put you here for a purpose and until He is done with you here you should be thankful that he keeps your soul among the living. Do what points to Him today and be thankful that God gives you the opportunity to do so.