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-Psalm 49

by Request ~ March 30th, 2016

A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

49 Hear this, all peoples!
Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
2 both low and high,
rich and poor together!
3 My mouth shall speak wisdom;
the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
4 I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.

5 Why should I fear in times of trouble,
when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
6 those who trust in their wealth
and boast of the abundance of their riches?
7 Truly no man can ransom another,
or give to God the price of his life,
8 for the ransom of their life is costly
and can never suffice,
9 that he should live on forever
and never see the pit.

10 For he sees that even the wise die;
the fool and the stupid alike must perish
and leave their wealth to others.
11 Their graves are their homes forever,[1]
their dwelling places to all generations,
though they called lands by their own names.
12 Man in his pomp will not remain;
he is like the beasts that perish.

13 This is the path of those who have foolish confidence;
yet after them people approve of their boasts.[2] Selah
14 Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
death shall be their shepherd,
and the upright shall rule over them in the morning.
Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell.
15 But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,
for he will receive me. Selah

16 Be not afraid when a man becomes rich,
when the glory of his house increases.
17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
his glory will not go down after him.
18 For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed
—and though you get praise when you do well for yourself—
19 his soul will go to the generation of his fathers,
who will never again see light.
20 Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish. (ESV)

 

Footnotes:

1. Septuagint, Syriac, Targum; Hebrew Their inward thought was that their homes were forever

2. Or and of those after them who approve of their boasts


Our Father,

It is a popular in our culture to say that no one can escape death and taxes. Well taxes maybe. In truth both rich and poor find a grave or a jar in the end and their possessions go to someone else. The wise and the stupid will all one day come before your throne.

The fool says ‘there is no god’ and lives a life in darkness disregarding your Word and truth. Sometimes they seem to have it all and scoffers might even gain the whole world and seem to suffer no penalty for their abuse of others. But in truth they are ever searching for direction and purpose only to find the ground without satisfaction.

Not so those who believe in your Son Jesus. Your mercy and light extends to such as these and your Spirit patiently attends and counsels them daily. Those of us who bare the name of your Son are not alone in this life or in the life to come. The ground does not overcome us nor does the evil one have a say over our destiny.

Father, you sent your Son into the world not to condemn but to save and the price of that redemption was great. And all the people who ever lived both great and small, rich or poor will will one day bow down at the mention of his name. Those who have faith in Him shall rejoice and his rule will one day be extended over every nation.

Maybe today is not that day but you are still on the throne and all of nature responds to your word. Those of us who follow your Son rejoice that you are in control. Life may be complicated and we may face disaster and even rejection by those close to us but we are never abandoned and alone. For you are always there with us in the midst of it all , your Spirit giving us comfort and direction. Your light is always shining through the darkness.

We know that you have plans for us that extend beyond the ground and time itself. You have ransomed us through your Son and we have been adopted into your family. Thanks Father, we praise you today and forever.

In Jesus name, Amen.

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