Why Should I Fear?

Westside Christian Church meets Sundays from 10 am at Langley Park Hall, Bruce Lane Camira. (we are just behind the Caltex Servo)

 

TODAY'S DEVOTION

Psalm 49:6 

Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me?
 
Why Should I Fear?
 
Observations: The Psalmists declares this Psalm to be words of wisdom (v1-4), and he asks the question: why should we fear evil days? He goes on to talk about wicked deceivers, those who trust in their wealth (v6). Ultimately, the Psalmists says, everyone dies, the rich and poor, the wise and foolish (v7-14,16-19). In fact, he compares men to sheep that are destined for the grave (v14). The truth is that no one can give God a ransom for their life in order to live forever (v7-9). As Paul says the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23), and since we have all sinned, so we will all die. So why doesn’t the Psalmist fear evil days? The answer lies in verse 15, ‘But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself.’ Even though we will all die our hope is that in Christ we will be raised from death to live with God himself. The conclusion of this Psalm is that unless we have that hope we are no different from the beasts (v20).

 
Application: As the hymn says, ‘we can face uncertain days because Jesus lives, I can face tomorrow, all fear is gone, because he holds the future.’ Ultimately, we will die, but for those of us who put their faith in Jesus Christ we know that death isn’t the end, rather it is coming home to live the life we were always meant to live. What is your confidence in life and in death?
 
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, because of Your Son, Jesus Christ, I know that this life isn’t all there is, that I don’t have to fear evil days, or even death itself. Lord, help me to live in light of eternity. Help me to live for You now as I prepare to live with You forever. Help me to live wisely, knowing that I am more than just a dumb beast, but that I was made in Your image to love and serve You with my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

 

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