I shall not die, but live:If you want to affirm life, amid the horror and absurdity that surrounds us in the modern world, I'm telling you, pray the Psalms. The Psalms do not dreamily portray a life to which we cannot relate. They reflect our struggles in every way. Yet they also orient us to the reality that we cannot see very clearly with our eyes of flesh. They remind us that in Christ we do live life more abundantly. The martyrs knew this, even as they faced their tormentors. You and I, too, can face the lies with which we are battered by the devil, by the world, and by our own selves, and in the face of those lies about life confess life itself, Life Himself, the One Whose way is the way of truth and life.
and declare the works of the Lord.
The Christian, despite the fact that even he may see all sorts of evidence to the contrary, can truly confess, I shall not die, but live, for his life is in the One Who lives, and Who is life itself, Christ our Lord. For we who are baptized into Jesus Christ are baptized into His death. Consequently, we are buried with Him, by baptism, into death, that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also have renewed life.
This is the confession and Christic content of the psalms.