Wednesday, July 8, 2009

American Idol?

Today, more than 31 million Americans watched the Michael Jackson memorial service in Los Angeles. Sales of Jackson's albums soared for a second week, with his solo albums jumping another 90 percent to 800,000 copies in the United States, tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan said.

Part of me felt deep sadness for these adoring fans and celebrities. What does it profit to gain the whole world and lose your soul? Psalm 49:17 says, “For when he dies he will carry nothing away; for his glory will not go down after him.”

Wisdom, is the word that describes Psalm 49. Read slowly; read meditatively; glean all the wisdom you can from this hymn. Use your ears; use your eyes; use all your senses so that this particular message sticks. Here’s the gist of the message:

First, the message is for all people; rich and poor, low and high need this wisdom. Ps. 49: 1-4

Second, do not be afraid of those who are rich and powerful; there is no money in the world that can ransom the life of another human being. Ps. 49: 5-9

Third, everyone will one day face death; death is the great equalizer. Ps. 10-12

Fourth, for those who trust in themselves and their riches, death shall be their shepherd. Ps. 49:13-15

Finally, do not be afraid when others become rich and famous. When he dies he will carry nothing away for his glory will not go down after him. Ps. 49: 16-20

Sadly, as great as Michael was in this life, it means nothing in the life to come. Ps. 49: 20

Precious Lord, help us in these days when idol worship abounds, to place you at the highest place in our lives. You tell us that your joy is our strength. You are our life, our wealth, our wisdom, and our peace. May your grace and mercy shine brightly through us so that others may know you. Grant us wisdom to sort out how to live for your glory. Amen