Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
July 1 Scripture Selection: Psalm 49-50
Food for Thought: Ps. 49:15, 16-20; 50:3-6
This confidence in the Lord expressed by Asaph is powerful and reflects the same assurance in all who have believed in the Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Asaph boldly proclaims, “God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, for He shall receive me (vs. 15).” He couldn’t have made such a resolute statement had he not had revelation of the benefits of a relationship with God.
Sadly, people who do not trust in the Lord cannot make such a statement. Their confidence and attention are in the here and now. Though they may enjoy many earthly pleasures and fill their lives in search of more, their “end” will be tragic because, like the beasts, they don’t understand (vs. 20). Their glory shall not descend after them when they die, and they shall never see light (vs. 17-19). That’s why John writes in I John 2:15-17, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” Nothing that the people who do not know Jesus as Savior will remain.
Mark 8:36 asks the most important question that they should ponder and allow the question to lead them to turn their attention to that which truly matters before it is too late: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” When it is all said and done, the Lord will gather His saints (those who have believed in Him) together with Him (50:5), and only the ones who have made covenant with Him by sacrifice will be included; all others will face judgment and the torment of having rejected life in Him. But the Good News is that making a covenant with God requires only turning to Him and receiving the sacrifice of the life of Jesus already made. No further sacrifices are required!
Once you understand what Jesus did, and desire that covenant with God, it is just a matter of believing and making the bold confession of faith. Romans 10:8-10 explains: “But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Everyone who makes such a statement in faith can say with all confidence like Asaph, “God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, for He shall receive me.”
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):