On-line study, Psalm 49
I have recently finished reading “Things Unseen : living in the light of forever” by Mark Buchanan (which I plan to blog about soon) and this psalm had amazing similar ideas to what Mark Buchanan was saying in the book.
V.2 & 10 tell us that in the light of eternity there is no difference between rich and poor, high and low so the conclusion is not to be overawed (v.16) by those who have wealth.
In order not to be overawed we need to think like Abraham. Hebrews 11:9-10 “Abraham made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents … For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” This is quite amazing since the promised land was the special inheritance God gave to His people but Abraham recognized that eternity was in his heart. Our focus too needs to be more on eternal issues, it is so easy to be caught up with the non essentials. Besides eternity is a lot longer than the 80 odd years we can expect to spend on planet earth.
V. 7-9 How costly to ransom a life yet this is what Jesus did for me. I was reading this prior to going to church last Sunday and thought to myself that it would make a good a communion talk. (Interestingly enough the communion leader didn’t turn up. I wondered if this meant anything? Or nothing?)
During this next week I’ll be looking at Psalm 92. I’ll post about it next Thursday.