"Nevertheless I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me with honor." (Psalm 73:23-24)
The psalm expresses the good news of God's presence in our lives and the future that transcends the boundary of death. The Psalms, and the majority of the Old Testament has little belief in a resurrection of individual souls to heaven. But in this psalm, as stated in The New Interpreter's Bible Commentary, while "most interpreters find no evidence here for a developed doctrine of resurrection; however, v. 24b clearly pushes the boundaries of the usual Israelite conception of life and death."
The psalmist finds that human expressions of goodness, happiness, and peace are lacking, when not influenced by God's presence. Living a faithful life is worth the effort, because it allows us to feel the joyous presence of the divine in our midst. That divine "peace" and hesed "Loving kindness" fills the soul with great joy. You cannot buy it, or trade for it. It is a great gift, that cannot be earned. It is valuable apart from the promise of an afterlife.
God stands all around us, trying to get our attention. We are extremely good at ignoring God's presence. In prayer, in living morally, ethically, and with concern for justice, we begin to accept God's attention. We feel the divine joy surge through our very being. We begin to trust in God's power to change the reality of death into new life. It begins with your prayer, opening yourself to the presence of God.