Life and Immortality
IN the pictures just drawn of the good man and his blessedness, there is a certain youthful naïveté. It is obvious that the Psalmists include themselves among the 'perfect' men who walk before Jahweh in integrity. Their assertions of innocence sometimes even startle us by their boldness. But there is nothing as yet resembling the self- righteousness of the Pharisee who thanked God he was not as other men. The conscience of the Psalmists was simple and transparent, their hearts open and guileless as those of little children, who sincerely love the Lord their God, without any deep conviction of sin and redeeming grace. Their world, too, was like that of children, to whose eyes all things are painted in golden glory, and for whom the Father in heaven dispenses goodness and mercy in the way they wish and ask.
In two different ways this child-like confidence is broken through. And the Psalmists thereby rise to nobler thoughts of the Divine love, and wider visions also of man's immortal destiny.