A Proverb in a Song: part 8

“For he sees that the wise will die together with the stupid and foolish ones;

and they will leave behind their strength to others.”

(Psalm 49:11 {Psalm 49:10})


The psalmist continues to build his case—not only can a man not redeem himself or another man in terms of eternal matters before God, but he cannot even build his own legacy up in this life in such a way that he will live on forever.  The wise and the foolish will both die and be put into the ground.  The professor with the PhD and the homeless man with a third grade education will find equality in the grave.  The Nobel Prize recipient and the “snake-oil” salesman will both be laid to rest in the dirt.  Oh, how the grave is the great equalizer in the eyes of the world!  Not only that—but your power, your wealth, your might, your empire, etc… will be left to others to abuse, misuse, and squander as they see fit.  What a depressing cycle it is for those who do not have a relationship with Christ Jesus!

How often we become obsessed with what kind of legacy we will leave behind when we move from this world into the next.  How will we be remembered?  What will our great grandchildren say of us?  What will future generations say of our contributions to the generation in which we lived?  But beloved, these are the concerns of the world—they should not bear heavily upon your soul.  Why is this?  First, we are held firmly in the hand of a sovereign and wonderful God who will bring about his plans in this world without compromise and without question.  Secondly, life is not about me or about my plans or about my accomplishments; it is about Christ.  Thus, all the next generation needs to remember about you is whether or not you were faithful in pointing them in the direction of the one who really matters—pointing faithfully to Christ.  Loved ones—right there is the answer to all of our questions about tomorrow and finding satisfaction in the work of today.  Did you point faithfully to Christ?  Did you live a life that clearly communicated the truth of Christ’s preeminence?  Were others drawn to Christ because of your faithful witness?  Beloved, if the answer to these questions is, “yes,” then your life was a resounding success—little else matters.

All to Jesus, I surrender,

All to Him I freely give,

I will ever love and trust Him,

In His presence daily live.

I surrender all, I surrender all,

All to Thee, my blessed Savior,

I surrender all.

-Judson Van deVenter

About preacherwin

A pastor, teacher, and a theologian concerned about the confused state of the church in America and elsewhere...Writing because the Christian should think Biblically.

Posted on May 24, 2008, in Expositions and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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