This morning I lost my keys. It knocked an hour off my schedule (which, on my day off, included pulling weeds, mowing, washing the Jeep…you know the drill). As I was driving up to Montreat to get my spare Jeep key from Wendy, rather than continuing my obvious frustration, I meditated on Psalm 49. One verse stood out to me:
Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me, those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches? Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life, for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice, that he should live on forever and never see the pit. (Psalm 49:5-9, ESV)
To be sure, no one cheated me (that’s not my point). However tucked in this Psalm is a theological gem: Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life. I am not good enough to ransom you nor am I good enough to ransom myself. This says two things: I am very valuable therefore the value of my life is more than I can pay. I am very sinful therefore the cost of my ransom is more than I can afford.
Having that truth sink into my otherwise frustrated heart is worth losing my keys. Let it sink into yours. Here’s a song to help. I saw it on Facebook this week and the melodies are unreal. Once you’ve watched it, go to iTunes and download it. Let the truths of this song saturate your heart and mind.