Thursday, May 10, 2012

No Man Can Avoid the Grave; Thankfulness to the Lord

Today's Reading:
  • Psalm 49:1 - 20
  • Psalm 50:1 - 23
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Psalm 49
Psalm 49 is a very powerful Psalm regarding hiding behind one's riches.  We are told that all people must die, and no one can pay enough to never see the grave, nor can someone redeem themselves by paying a ransom to God. We are told the grave is their eternal home and they will never see the light of day again.  They will die, just like animals.

I am so thankful that I have a Lord that loves, cares and provides for me.  A Lord that doesn't require us to pay our way to salvation with wealth.  A Lord that knows our heart and rewards (or punishes) us for what is in it.  A Lord full of Love so great that He sent His son to die for us so that we can spend an eternity in perfect peace with Him.  This world will eventually forget us, but the Lord never will. Thank you, Lord!

Psalm 50
This Psalm talks about thankfulness to the Lord.  We are told that the Lord doesn't need sacrifices.  Instead, we are told that thankfulness and keeping of our vows are the sacrifices we should strive for.  Twice we are told this, once in verse 14 and once in verse 23:
14  Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High.
23  But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me.  If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.
 So keep to God's path, and remain thankful for all He does for you. 

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