Today’s reading doesn’t appeal to anyone in the natural. Today we are talking about dying and judgements. Neither, if we are willing to admit it, are things on our bucket lists. On this side of life, we mourn for those who have departed and it leaves a hole in our heart. But everyone faces the same fate. Everyone must eventually die.
Anyone can see that the brightest and best die, wiped out right along with fools and dunces. They leave all their prowess behind move into their new home, The Coffin. The cemetery their permanent address. And to think they named counties after themselves.
We aren’t immortal. We don’t last long. Like our dogs, we age and weaken. And die.
This is what happens to those who live for the moment, who only look out for themselves. Death herds them like sheep straight to hell; they disappear down the gullet of the grave; They waste away to nothing—nothing left but a marker in a cemetery. (Psalms 49: 10-14 The Message)
So don’t be impressed with those who get rich and pile up fame and fortune. They can’t take it with them; fame and fortune all get left behind. Just when they think they’ve arrived, and folks praise them because they’ve made good, they enter the family burial plot where they’ll never see sunshine again. We aren’t immortal. We don’t last long.
Like our dogs, we age and weaken. And die. (Psalms 49:16-20 The Message)
Life is full of choices. This world is only temporary. There are only two choices for eternity—heaven and hell, and it is our choice where we end up. God does not want, even one, to go to hell, but He gives every one freedom of choice. I will feel peace as I die, because God will reach down and snatch me from the clutch of death. I have no reason to fear, if I trust in Jesus.
The cost of rescue is beyond my means. That cost was paid by Jesus, for all people, but it is up to each and every one of us, to accept it for ourselves.
After I die, I will face God, as will everyone.
From the dazzle of Zion, God blazes into view. Our God makes his entrance, he’s not shy in his coming. Starburst of fireworks precede him.
He summons heaven and earth as a jury, he’s taking his people to court: “Round up my saints who swore on the Bible their loyalty to me.” The whole cosmos attests to the fairness of this court, that here God is judge. (Psalms 50:2-6 The Message)
God’s love is two ways. Yes, He wants us to serve Him with our lives, our praise and our worship, but He also wants us to come to Him, cast our cares on Him, let Him give us rest. It goes both ways, He wants to be part of our lives, He wants an interactive relationship with each and every one of His children.
Spread for me a banquet of praise, serve High God a feast of kept promises, And call for help when you’re in trouble—I’ll help you, and you’ll honor me. (Psalms 50:14-15) The Message)
My prayer is for those who don’t trust Jesus, to tune their thinking towards these words:
Next, God call up the wicked:
What are you up to, quoting my laws, talking like we are good friends? You never answer the door when I call; you treat my words like garbage. If you find a thief, you make him your buddy; adulterers are your friends of choice. Your mouth drools filth; lying is a serious art form with you. You stab your own brother in the back, rip off your little sister.
I kept a quiet patience while you did these things; you thought I went along with your game. I’m calling you on the carpet, now, laying your wickedness out in plain sight.
Time’s up for playing fast and loose with me. I’m ready to pass sentence, and there’s no help in sight! (Psalms 50: 16-22 The Message)
“It’s the praising life that honors me. As soon as you set your foot on the Way, I’ll show you my salvation.”
It is not too late to change your path. God is waiting for you!
Generous in love—God, give grace!
Huge in mercy—Wipe out my bad record. Scrub away my guilt, soak out my sins in your laundry. I know how bad I’ve been; my sins are staring me down,
You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen it all, seen the full extent of my evil. You have all the facts before you; whatever you decide about me is fair. I’ve been out of step with you for a long time, in the wrong since I was born.
What you’re after is truth from the inside out. Enter me, then conceive a new true life.
Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot tapping songs, set these once-broken bones to dancing. Don’t look too close for blemishes, give me a clean bill of health. (Psalms 50:23-51:9 The Message)
I was wrong! There is a time when it is too late to change your path, when you are dead! Praise God there is still time to turn things around. God is so good and so patient. He is waiting for each one of us to answer the door!
Father God, Your love for human kind is so mind boggling. So many things have been done to blaspheme Your name. You have been blamed for things Satan does to blind us from Your love. Thank You for your patience and for providing a way for us to spend eternity with You. I pray everyone who reads this will not perish, but have everlasting life. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!