49: Facing the Reality of Death
the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.
Comments: A song that is a great leveler. The psalmist
appeals to all who might lose perspective, those who envy the
rich and those who are rich. The truth is that we will all die,
there are no exceptions, and the wise should simply trust God
for the afterlife.]
A call to all to listen
this, all you peoples;
listen, all who live in this world,
low and high,
rich and poor alike:
He will draw on various aspects of wisdom
mouth will speak words of wisdom;
the meditation of my heart will give you
will turn my ear to a proverb;
with the harp I will expound my riddle:
He considers bad days when the wicked & the rich prevail
should I fear when evil days come,
when wicked deceivers surround me—
who trust in their wealth
and boast of their great riches?
The truth is that none of these can impact eternity
one can redeem the life of another
or give to God a ransom for them—
ransom for a life is costly,
no payment is ever enough—
that they should live on forever
and not see decay.
The trust is also that everyone WILL die, we're all the same
all can see that the wise die,
that the foolish and the senseless also
leaving their wealth to others.
tombs will remain their houses forever,
their dwellings for endless generations,
though they had named lands after themselves.
Those who trust in riches or themselves are no better off – they
despite their wealth, do not endure;
they are like the beasts that perish.
is the fate of those who trust in themselves,
and of their followers, who approve their
Rather like sheep we'll all die & it is only God who will
are like sheep and are destined to die;
death will be their shepherd
(but the upright will prevail over them
in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
far from their princely mansions.
God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;
he will surely take me to himself.
So we're not to be impressed by the rich, they'll suffer the same
not be overawed when others grow rich,
when the splendor of their houses increases;
they will take nothing with them when they die,
their splendor will not descend with them.
The may think highly of themselves but that won't stop them dying
while they live they count themselves blessed—
and people praise you when you prosper—
will join those who have gone before them,
who will never again see the light of
who have wealth but lack understanding
are like the beasts that perish.
Thoughts: There is folly in never thinking about what
follows death because it comes to us all. No one can escape death
and so it doesn't matter our lifestyle today. It's the same end
for all. Perhaps a corollary is that we should not envy the foolish
rich, for one day they too will face their Maker.]
to Psa 50