“For in death there is no remembrance of you;
in Sheol who will give you praise?”
—Psalm 6:5 ESV
In this verse, David expresses a fear that may be one of the greatest we ever face: the unknown of death.
Now, David knew all the “right answers.” If you take the time to read his other Psalms you will see that he firmly believed in the resurrection of the dead and God’s coming kingdom.
But in a moment of panic, perhaps facing impending death, David expresses the fear that in his passing he will be separated from God, unable to remember him or even worship him.
What can we learn from this?
First, it is good to be open with God about our fears. He is delighted to listen to everything we are thinking and processing; even the “unpleasant” things.
And second, we should follow David’s example (see v.4) and place our trust in God’s steadfast love, the only thing we can really count on in this uncertain life.
Thankfully, God is much more faithful than we are, and not even death can separate us from his love (see Romans 8:38-39).
Here is a short prayer to help you invite God into every moment of your day:
Inhale: Even in my fear,
Exhale: I trust in your steadfast love.