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Thought for the Day – 134

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Preached during the morning service on 2 August 2020 by .

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DAY 134

Psalm 49:15 — ‘But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave,
for He shall receive me.’

Recommended reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

We have been considering the two words, ‘But God’. This morning we look at
one more occasion when these words are used.
Psalm 49 gives a clear description of the confidence of the foolish man who
places his hope and future in this life only.

1. He trusts in his wealth (v.6).

How many people today fall into this same trap? We constantly need to be
reminded of the words of Jesus when He said, ‘One’s life does not consist in the
abundance of the things he possesses’ (Luke 12:15).
Psalm 49:17 reminds us, ‘When he dies he shall carry nothing away.’ There are no
pockets in a coffin no matter how ornate it may be.

2. He trusts in his intellect.

In v.10 we read, ‘He sees wise men die; likewise the fool and the senseless person
perish, and leave their wealth to others.’ Both the fool and wise perish. They
both descend to the grave. Give education without Christ and you end up with a
clever devil.

3. He trusts in property and land.

In v.11 we read, ‘Their inner thought is that their houses will last forever, their
dwelling places to all generations.’ You cannot take your beautiful homes with
you. You own nothing in this life. Property, as with everything else, will be
passed on to others. Our main concern should be to reach our heavenly home.

4. He trusts in beauty.

In v.14 we read, ‘Their beauty shall be consumed in the grave.’ People spend
hours of their time and billions of their money trying to improve their looks with
make-up, clothing, jewellery and cosmetic surgery. These are the order of the
day and always have been throughout history. How we appear to the world is so
important to most people, which is why we have mirrors in every room.
When you see a beautiful looking woman about to be interviewed, as soon as
she opens her mouth you think, ‘I’m glad she is not my wife.’ Read Proverbs
31:10-31 with special consideration for v.26. Looks are just skin deep.
But growing old brings declining beauty no matter how much we spend or
how hard we try. We cannot put the brake on ageing. In the end, ‘beauty is
consumed in the grave.’

5. He trusts in adulation (v.18).

People long to receive praise from others, to be congratulated for their
achievements. People love to be in the company of the successful, and the
successful revel in it. When we fail we are soon forgotten as a dream.
Over adulation can be very dangerous. It has ruined the lives of many people.
Encouragement is sometimes necessary and should be given.
So we have seen the confidence of the foolish and this psalm is very direct in
reminding him where his end will be.
However, in v.15 we have a glimpse of hope in the midst of despair. ‘But God will
redeem my soul from the power of the grave, for He shall receive me.’
In 1 Corinthians 15:22 we read, ‘As in Adam all die.’ We were born to die. But if
we have been saved from our sin by trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ, we shall be
made alive. In 1 Corinthians 15:55 we read, ‘O Death, where is your sting?’ For
the Christian it is non-existent.
But note the second phrase in Psalm 49:15 – ‘He shall receive me.’ When our soul
is separated from the body, He will receive us as He promised. That will be the
greatest day of our life.
Decay in the grave – our bodies. YES
Redeemed from the grave – our souls. YES
Be thankful this morning for the two words, ‘But God’. Without them we would
be like most people most miserable.

I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
Trusting only Thee,
Trusting Thee for full salvation,
Great and free.

I am trusting Thee for pardon,
At Thy feet I bow;
For Thy grace and tender mercy,
Trusting now.

I am trusting Thee for cleansing
In the crimson flood;
Trusting Thee to make me holy
By Thy blood.

I am trusting Thee to guide me:
Thou alone shalt lead,
Every day and hour supplying
All my need.

I am trusting Thee for power;
Thine can never fail;
Words which Thou Thyself shalt give me
Must prevail.

I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus;
Never let me fall;
I am trusting Thee for ever,
And for all.

Frances Ridley Havergal, 1836-79
CCLI – 1050955

Pastor: Kristian Dimond 01432 830002 07810 442523 pastor@wellingtonec.org.uk
Elders: John Roberts 01432 830100 jokaroberts@gmail.com
Keith Weber 01568 611251 07436 005561 keith.smallprint@gmail.com
Wellington Evangelical Chapel, Wellington, Hereford HR4 8AX www.wellingtonec.org.uk Reg Charity No 233810