February 23, Reading 2 – Psalm 49, 50

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SAA Notes

Both these psalms contain a message to the whole world. What does God warn of and what is He looking for?

SJA Notes

* God of Truth and Mercy, help us to give without thought of return and to receive Your people around us with love and care.

“Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life.”

Here is a great deep and hard truth – We cannot save ourselves!

“But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me.”

This is why we need Jesus.

Our King was fully God and fully man. He gave His life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28, 1 Timothy 2:6).

Death (Sheol) is going to claim man. There is nothing we can do about it, although people try – We cannot defeat death.

But God did. He defeated death at Calvary! He is the one that can redeem us from destruction!

* God Above,

Thank You for ransoming our souls from the power of death.

Please help us live in the light of this, witnessing You in our thoughts, words and deeds.

Amen.

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