14Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.
15But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
(Psalm 49:13-15, King James Version)
He Shall Receive Me!
This is a continuation of yesterday's devotional, "Man is Man," so if you have not read it, you may want to do so now. "This their way" (verse 13 shown above) is referring to the successful man, from the perspective of today's popular world view. Notice that this person's posterity approved of their sayings; he or she was successful financially, and at death was well loved and left a good inheritance for their descendants. What more could a person want from this life?
Obviously the Psalmist has a totally different perspective.
Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.What next? The person is laid in the grave. Does the power of death have dominion over him? When all is said and done, what else matters? No matter how many or how few years we live on this earth, in the end it is only God's view that matters, for only God has the power over death.
Death, i.e. eternal death, is the price all men must pay for their sins. Because we live in a world permeated with sin, we know of no other existence. When we look around us, it is easy to say, "I am OK, and you are OK." As a matter of fact, it often seems as though the non Christian has an easier life on this earth. Why, then, would anyone even want to be a Christian?
The true Christian understands that nothing matters but Christ. Christ, alone, paid the debt of our sins; that payment is the only way to appease a holy God who cannot even look on sin. When He would see the sins of His children, He sees, instead, the perfect blood of the Lord Jesus Christ covering that sin.
However, God does not force Himself upon any; only those who fall humbly before Him, confessing and forsaking their sins, receiving the payment that was made on their behalf, actually are covered by the blood of Christ.
You may ask, "Why, if God loves us so much, do we often have such a difficult life on this earth?" It is because God loves us so much that we face the trials and difficulties that come our way. It is in the middle of these difficult times that we see God's grace poured out upon us; in the middle of our darkest days upon this earth, we experience the greatest peace and joy of Christ which passes all understanding. This peace is worth whatever the world may throw our way.
God gently reminds us, that this world is not our home. We are here just for a few short years, and then what? For the Christian, Psalm 49:15 says it all.
But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me.
For He shall receive me. And that, dear friend, makes all the difference. Think of the best and greatest times you have experienced in your life, and that will pale compared to the joy and peace that we will experience when we enter heaven's abode and look on the face of Christ.
The struggle will be over, and He shall receive me!
God Bless You,