5 Why should I fear when evil days come,
when wicked deceivers surround me—
6 those who trust in their wealth
and boast of their great riches?
7 No one can redeem the life of another
or give to God a ransom for them—
8 the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough—
9 so that they should live on forever and not see decay.
10 For all can see that the wise die,
that the foolish and the senseless also perish,
leaving their wealth to others.
11 Their tombs will remain their houses forever,
their dwellings for endless generations,
though they had named lands after themselves.
12 People, despite their wealth, do not endure;
they are like the beasts that perish.
1. Silence – Read/Listen – Meditate – Pray – Contemplate
2. What is the word or phrase that touches you today as you read and
meditate on this passage? What is your emotion as you read this
word or phrase? How is that related to your current situation? What
does God tell you to do?
3. This psalm shows that life is fragile. No matter how much wealth
you accumulate, you can’t take it with you. And no money can give
4. Read and meditate: “’Blessed are the poor in spirit’ means ‘Blessed
is the man who has realized his own utter helplessness, and who
has put his whole trust in God.’ If a man has realized his own utter
helplessness, and has put his whole trust in God, there will enter
into his life two things which are opposite sides of the same thing.
He will become completely detached from things, for he will know
that things have not got it in them to bring happiness or security;
and he will become completely attached to God, for he will know
that God alone can bring him help, and hope, and strength. The
man who is poor in spirit is the man who has realized that things
mean nothing and that God means everything.” – William Barclay
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen
to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer
in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.