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What the Heart Wants View video
Psalms 49:1 - 49:12
1. Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world,
2. both low and high, rich and poor alike:
3. My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance from my heart will give understanding.
4. I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will expound my riddle:
5. Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me-
6. those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?
7. No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him-
8. the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough-
9. that he should live on forever and not see decay.
10. For all can see that wise men die; the foolish and the senseless alike perish and leave their wealth to others.
11. Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves.
12. People, despite their riches, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish.
Reflection
Heart Needs (49:1–6)
The world seeks after wealth like it is a golden ticket that holds the key to happiness and fulfillment. The reality, however, is that the human heart needs far more than what money can buy. Ever since the fall, our hearts have been held captive by sin and have longed for redemption—something that no amount of riches on this earth can purchase. Created for eternity, we will never be satisfied by the temporary pleasures that this world offers. Sadly, many of us learn this the hard way and realize the futility of chasing after wealth only after it has failed us and left us high and dry. We would therefore be wise to heed the warnings of the psalmist and never place our trust in things that will perish.

Heart Solutions (49:7–12)
The psalmist makes it clear that money cannot buy eternal life. Wisdom will not save us either. In fact, there is nothing in this world that can prevent the grim fate that awaits us all: death and decay. Only God has the power to rescue us from death and give us eternal life. He has accomplished this through the sacrifice of His Son on the cross and His resurrection from the grave. Another reason it is foolish to chase after money is that we cannot take any of our wealth with us when we die; the only riches that carry over to eternity are the boundless riches of Christ. These everlasting treasures are what we should be living for.
Application
- Do you ever feel tempted by the allure of worldly riches? How can you better align your desires with the desires of God?

- Take a look at your life—how you spend your time, money, and talents—and ask yourself if you are really living for eternity.
A Letter to God
One True God, You know the needs of my heart because You created me for eternity. Thank you for offering me eternal riches that money cannot buy through the sacrifice of Your Son. My hope is in You alone. In Jesus¡¯ name. Amen.