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June 16 - Death: Corrective to Life (Psalm 49)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.

Adult Education

This Sunday Miguel Echevarria will continue teaching a Reading the Gospels class. It will focus on interpreting the writings of the four evangelists in the context of the canon. Attention will be given to the nature of the Gospels, the message of each Gospel, and how this corpus teaches us to read the Scriptures. The class will be held at 10:00 in the Youth Room.

Worship Songs

All My Ways
All To Us
Christ Is Mine Forevermore
Christ The Sure And Steady Anchor

Unreached People Group

In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Pashtun of Afghan.

Psalm 49

Hear this, all peoples!
    Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
both low and high,
    rich and poor together!
My mouth shall speak wisdom;
    the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
I will incline my ear to a proverb;
    I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.

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,a]">[a]
    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.

13 This is the path of those who have foolish confidence;
    yet after them people approve of their boasts.b]">[b] Selah
14 Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
    death shall be their shepherd,
and the upright shall rule over them in the morning.
    Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell.
15 But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,
    for he will receive me. Selah

16 Be not afraid when a man becomes rich,
    when the glory of his house increases.
17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
    his glory will not go down after him.
18 For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed
    —and though you get praise when you do well for yourself—
19 his soul will go to the generation of his fathers,
    who will never again see light.
20 Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

Summary

We are beginning a six week study on the beauty of worship through the Psalms. We will look at various types of psalms as a means to worship God with all our lives. This Sunday, we will look at Psalm 49, a psalm of wisdom. A wisdom psalm is unique in that it is not addressed to God as praise, but the psalmist speaks the truths of God to others which ought to result in our praise. The psalmist has recieved this divine wisdom and passes it on so that we might live lives of wisdom instead of foolishness.

As you read psalm 49, you will see the foolishness of living without God in the face of the brevity of life contrasted with the one who does not fret or grow concerned over those who are wealthy, powerful and deceiving. For he knows that death comes with certainty and their houses/legacies do not endure. The wise turn to God alone who is capable of delivering from the power of death. The psalm calls for us to listen and give ear so as to learn and live.

Review and Apply

In what ways do you fear the deception, danger and power of the wealthy or powerful? 

What thoughts come to your mind as you consider the brevity of life?

How does health, wealth and position deceive you about the truths of life?

In what ways can thinking on your own death help you live wisely?

What is the promise to the righteous (13-15)?

In what ways do you need to change so that you are not like the beasts that perish?