• “Listening to God” Bible Reading & Devotion: May 22, 2020 – Psalms 49

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    Psalm 49 (ESV)

     

    Why should I fear in times of trouble,
    when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
    those who trust in their wealth
    and boast of the abundance of their riches?
    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.

    10 For he sees that even the wise die;
    the fool and the stupid alike must perish
    and leave their wealth to others.
    11 Their graves are their homes forever,
    their dwelling places to all generations,
    though they called lands by their own names.
    12 Man in his pomp will not remain;
    he is like the beasts that perish.

     

    REFLECTION:

    1. Silence – Read/Listen – Meditate – Pray – Contemplate
    2. What is the word or phrase that touches you today as you read and meditate on this passage? What is your emotion as you read this word or phrase? How is that related to your current situation? What does God tell you to do?
    3. This psalm shows that life is fragile. No matter how much wealth you accumulate, you cannot take it with you. And no money can give you immortality.
    4. Read and meditate: “’Blessed are the poor in spirit’ means ‘Blessed is the man who has realized his own utter helplessness, and who has put his whole trust in God.’ If a man has realized his own utter helplessness, and has put his whole trust in God, there will enter into his life two things which are opposite sides of the same thing. He will become completely detached from things, for he will know that things have not got it in them to bring happiness or security; and he will become completely attached to God, for he will know that God alone can bring him help, and hope, and strength. The man who is poor in spirit is the man who has realized that things mean nothing and that God means everything.” – William Barclay

     

    PRAYER:

    Stay with God for a little longer.  Continue to converse with God and listen to what He wants to tell you.  Then write down any thought and/or prayer in your spiritual journal.

     

    HYMN:

     

    Psalm 49 – www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKTmMzWAzHI

     

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