Psalm 49:1-12

Truly, no ransom avails for one’s life, there is no price one can give to God for it. (v.7)


A neighbor went out on a limb with the sufferer’s prayer: God, if you will give me a clean bill of health, I’ll…I’ll…I’ll (gulp) go to church!

She forgot to add for how long and that she’d promise to like it.

I sincerely thought no one did that kind of thing any more. However, my neighbor wasn’t kidding. She showed up the next Sunday, for she accepted that God had answered her prayer with a clean bill of health. Who knows but she had been healthy all long? But she seemed uncomfortable at worship and didn’t come back to worship with us, and not long after, moved away.

How often do we make foolish promises in the face of fear, temptation, or boasting? The psalmist said the ransom of our lives of sin was costly–-there was nothing we could do to repay that debt. Praise God, we don’t have to! It was paid for us with the most costly ransom ever: the death of Jesus on the cross. We can never meet that fee, we can only be thankful.

In this New Year, hold fast to what you promise; make promises you want to keep, and encourage others around you with the freedom of knowing we are ransomed already from any doom we can conjure.

God in heaven, keep me daily thankful for the ransom of my life. Amen.

Lisa Lickel About Lisa Lickel

Lisa Lickel enjoys the Wisconsin good life, where she ponders and writes. The author of inspirational novels, she is also the editor of Creative Wisconsin Magazine for the Wisconsin Writers Association.

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