No Moving Van Needed (Psalm 43-45, 49, 84-85, 88)

For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
    his glory will not go down after him. Psalm 49:17

Can you imagine how weird it would be if the Funeral Home offered, as a part of their services, moving vans so that the deceased could have all his or her worldly possessions moved with them to their next stop in eternity? I know you are probably laughing right now because this is crazy. But please stay with me.

How many people do you know who live as if their possessions are their eternal possessions. If there is anything I learned from the life of Job it was that all we have from God is only on loan to us while we live here on the earth (Job 1:21).

A guy was standing with another guy at the graveside service of a friend who was wealthy. The man asked his friend, “how much money did Bill leave?” The friend responded, “He left it all.”

In Psalm 49 the author pleads for all people (rich and poor) to listen to God’s wisdom. The writer offers eternal wisdom in this Psalm. The author knows all people are born as sinners under the wrath of Gd. He knows no man has the ability to save himself.

Truly no man can ransom another,
    or give to God the price of his life, 49:7

The Psalmist understands that death comes to all people:

for the ransom of their life is costly
    and can never suffice,
that he should live on forever
    and never see the pit. 49:8-9

The rich needed to be reminded that their riches cannot save them (49:10-11). The poor needed to be reminded of the same truth. What is the solution for dying people?

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

Brothers and sisters, what great news that we have received from the Psalmist. Jesus Saves!!! This news comes with this assurance, God’s salvation comes with an eternal residence in Heaven, John 14:3.

I rejoice in knowing that where I am headed I will not need anything from this life. There is no need for temporal things in Heaven. It is my desire to pass on to others what was loaned to me.

  1. What will you leave behind when you die?
  2. What are you doing with what God has loaned you?

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