Todays readings.. Genesis 44&45, Psalm 49, Romans 1&2
“WHY SHOULD I FEAR IN TIME OF TROUBLE”
How challenging for us is the ungodliness that surrounds us. It has some degree of attraction for us in our fleshly weaknesses. Our Psalm 49 today begins, “Hear this, all peoples! Give ear, all inhabitants of the world, both low and high, rich and poor together!” How few can “hear” God’s message to them today!
Verse 5 jumps out at us and challenges us to remember and keep repeating what we read here! “Why should I fear in times of trouble, when … iniquity … surrounds me …” We are surrounded by iniquity more than ever. Such are the ways of life that almost no one has any thought of their being an all-seeing God who has his eyes of the earth and the people he created.
The next verse asks about “those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches?” What is described as their future? The Psalmist is inspired to write “no man can … give to God the price of his life … that he should live on forever …” [v.7,8]
In v,12 we pick up a heart-challenging declaration, “Man in his pomp will not remain; he is like the beasts that perish.” But this is a description of a certain path – called elsewhere as the wide way! Earlier this month we read the words of Jesus that “the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.” [Matt. 7 v.13]
However – back in Psalm 49 the Psalmist declares (and invites his readers to sing)“God will ransom my soul from the power of the grave for he will receive me.”[v.15] All who have this hope in their hearts, those who are true committed believers in God and his word should ask themselves, as we read (and quoted) in v. 5, “Why should I fear in times of trouble?” We should recall what we read yesterday at the start of Psalm 46, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way ….”