The path that we choose must not only guide us through our present life; it must also take us to the right destination. David has complete confidence in the God whom he knows as his Teacher, Guide and Protector, to support him in any stressful situation:
“I keep my eyes always on the LORD.
With Him at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” (verse 8)
This is why he is able to rejoice and sing even in times of adversity. Not even the threat of death can shake him!
“You will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will You let Your faithful one see decay.” (verse 10)
Was David going a bit ‘over the top’ here? Was his confidence misplaced? “I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day.” (Acts 2:29) So this has to be a prophetic statement: “seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah.” (Acts 2:31)
And yet, because of Jesus’ resurrection, our future really is assured. The ‘path of life’ that we walk is a life lived in the presence of God, leading without a break into eternity – the path walked by Enoch (Genesis 5:24). This is our ultimate inheritance, where sorrow and pain shall have no place (Revelation 21:3,4).