Is Death Your Shepherd? | Psalm 49:10-15
Today’s Passage: Psalm 49:10-15
Key Verses: Psalm 49:13-15
This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. They are like sheep and are destined to die; death will be their shepherd (but the upright will prevail over them in the morning). Their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions. But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself.
Death is the great equalizer. The poor man who lived his life in the Mathare slums of Nairobi, Kenya and the rich man who lived in a mansion will both meet the same end. The man no one knew and the man who had lands named after him will both end up in tombs for their final resting places.
Eternal death is the “fate of those who trust in themselves.” Regardless of their earthly wisdom or wealth they will end up as fools. Death “will be their shepherd.” It will lead them like dumb sheep to an eternity without God.
For those who claim the Lord as their Shepherd, everything changes. When we trust in Jesus, instead of ourselves, we will be redeemed from the grave. Jesus died so that we can live. When we close our eyes in death we will pass from death to eternal life. If you desire God to take you to himself when you die, use the following prayer as your personal guide.
Heavenly Father, I want you, not death, to be my shepherd. I do not want to be led foolishly to the grave. I want to be led to an eternity with you. I trust in Jesus alone as the One who came to pay my debt and redeem me from the realm of the dead. Through Jesus, I trust in you to take me to yourself when I die. In Jesus’ name. Amen.