There is a stark contrast between life without God, and life with God.
Life without God:
Those who live without God tend to end up trusting in either wealth (v.6) or themselves
(v.13). This trust is characterised by a search for status. The wealthy may ‘boast of their great riches’ (v.6) and use money to impress others with their possessions (v.16). They may even name lands and streets after themselves (v.11).
They enjoy the praise of others (v.18) and they count ‘themselves blessed’ (v.18). They may try to use their wealth to ‘buy off’ their own death (v.7). Yet no amount of money is ever enough (v. In the end, it is all futile as wealth gets left to others (v.10).
‘So don’t be impressed with those who get rich and pile up fame and fortune. They can’t take it with them’ (v.16–17). What is this all worth if we ‘decay in the grave?’ (v.14).
Life with God:
By contrast, if you live a life with God there is no need to search for status. This is because your status is determined not by your success in accumulating wealth, but in knowing to whom you belong and how precious you are to him.
Your ransom has been paid (v.7) and you have been redeemed – your future is secure: ‘But me? God snatches me from the clutch of death, he reaches down and grabs me’ (v.15,).
A life with God means you will ‘live on forever and not see decay’ (v.9). The psalmist says, ‘Why should I fear?’ (v.5). Fear is a natural human emotion. But, with God you can face your fears with confidence because you are able to have complete trust in God for this life and the life to come.
Here is one of the few hints in the Old Testament of life after death. The writer is confident that ‘God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself’
Life with God does not end with death, but continues on into eternity. The psalmist was confident in this, even though he did not know how it was possible. The answer is revealed through Jesus’ resurrection.
Lord, thank you for the power of your resurrection, which now lives in me. Thank you that you will snatch me from the clutch of death and take me to yourself.
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