Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Riches Reevaluated

"Hear this... rich and poor together.... They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches, none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: for the redemption of their soul is precious.... But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for He shall receive me" (Psalm 49:15). "And it came to pass, that the beggar died... the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments" (Luke 16:22,23).

The riches which cannot redeem
A soul from condemnation
Are surely not what they may seem
In this world's estimation.

In light of all eternity
We'll spend beyond the grave
The truest riches we can see
Are those God freely gave.

We know the grace of Jesus Christ:
Though He was rich above,
In poverty He sacrificed
Himself for us in love.

Wealth by any other measure
Than God's redeeming grace,
Shall soon be stripped of all its treasure,
Without a seeming trace.

There is a gulf that separates
Those facing condemnation
From every soul that celebrates
The wealth of God's salvation.

The time to reevaluate
If we are rich or not
Is NOW before it is too late
To change our hopeless lot!

Lord, thank You for the price You paid
To ransom us from hell!
Our greatest riches have been weighed:
In Christ alone they dwell!

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