For today’s reading, we went through Psalms 47-51.
Psalm 47 is another song of praise. The author tells us that God is the King of all the earth. He reminds us once again that God is over everything. “God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne.” (Ps. 47:8).
Psalm 48 also praises God and His power. I love the very last line of the chapter: “He will guide us forever.” It does not say He will guide His people for a short time, or for a while and then no more, it tells us He will be guiding our paths and lives forever.
In Psalm 49 we see that wealth and status on earth mean nothing in light of eternity. The wise and the foolish both pass away, and it does not matter what we have on earth. No amount of wealth, prestige, respect, or honor on earth will mean anything after we die. We cannot take with us the things we gain in this world. So even though the wicked may be rich on earth, they will suffer in Hell. It is the children of God who will rejoice for eternity in Heaven with God.
Psalm 50 tells us that everything we have to offer God is already His. Any sacrifice of an animal or burnt offering is already in His possession—He created it. The sacrifice that is most pleasing to Him is one of thanksgiving; a thankful heart filled with praise.
In Psalm 51, David asks the Lord to have mercy on him and blot out his sins. He wants to be washed clean of his sin and have a renewed, clean heart and spirit. This is something we should take very seriously and spend time praying for in our own lives. God sees our sin and knows what we will do before we even commit it. He alone can cleanse us from it and help us turn from living in sin. We should ask Him to help us and give us a “clean heart.”
Understanding our position as God’s children who have been redeemed by the blood of Christ gives us the freedom to walk in His righteousness. We should be living in a way that is broken and humble, asking for His strength to live a life glorifying to Him.