Reading the Word
Psalm 49:5–12 (ESV)
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, 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.
Understanding and Applying the Word
The opening verses of Psalm 49 call for all people to listen up. These words are for everyone regardless of nationality or social status (cf. Psalm 49:1-4). No matter who you are or where you are from, one day your life will come to an end. At that time, what will you trust in? Will it be your wealth and possessions?
Regardless of the popular saying that “he who dies with the most toys wins”, we know that it just is not true. We are all destined to die and no amount of wealth, power, or social status can change that. There is only one thing that we can trust in that makes a difference. We can trust in the Creator who is loving and gracious towards us. He is the one who sent his Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to defeat sin and death so that we could have eternal life. May we place our trust in the One who is truly able to save us.
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