The Heart of the Gospel

LifeLink Devotional

Monday, September 28, 2015

Psalm 49:12  Man in his pomp will not remain.

In the midst of trouble, we tend to fall on man’s ways to solve it. We seek to understand it according to expertise. We search for human resources to apply to its resolution. We are very self-sufficient people, and unless we are intentional about our faith, trials tend to drive us deeper into it.

The 49th Psalm is the diary of a man – one of the Sons of Korah – who was intentional about resisting the urge to look inward for the resolution of problems. Here is a summary of the teaching I received from the Lord as I studied this Psalm today:

  • When we are oppressed by people who don’t believe as we do, and they cause us trouble, we can respond without fear or frustration. (vs. 5)
  • Instead of depending on human resources to solve the problem, which would make us just like them (vs. 6 and 13), we have the privilege of meditating on understanding, listening to and speaking wisdom, and soothing our emotions with praise. (Read verses 3-4)
    • Side note – the very first proverb I thought of when I read verse 4 was Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Then as I studied the rest of the Psalm, I discovered how appropriate it was that the Holy Spirit put those verses on my mind because they are the perfect application of what the Psalmist is teaching.
  • Then I came to the fundamental truth of the Gospel in verses 7-9. Here they are: Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life, for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice, that he should live on forever and never see the pit.
  • No human resource can save anyone. Verse 12 says, Man in his pomp will not remain: he is like the beasts that perish. There is NO PRICE that we can pay for ourselves or for anyone else that will save them or us from the trouble we are in. (see again vs. 7-9)
  • But when we recognize the reality of our condition, and the incompetence of human resources to fix our problems, then and only then will we turn to God, who will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for He will receive me.” God’s salvation is our only hope.

As you go along life’s path today, reflect on these truths:

  • You will have trouble.
  • People may be the cause of your trouble.
  • No human resource can fix the trouble.
  • Your attempts to fix the other person are nothing more than an incompetent human resource being applied to a problem that can’t be solved with such methods.
  • God alone has the resources available to solve any and all problems.
  • Turn it all over to Him, and trust in Him. Do not lean on your own understanding. Acknowledge God in everything, and submit to His ways. Then and only then will your paths be made straight.

Pastor John