The Psalmist invites us to “hear a proverb” because he will speak “wisdom.” He speaks about something that we hardly think about but it is all around us–Death. I invite you to read this and to notice the different people involved and their responds to death.
Key Verses: 5-10, 15-17
5 Why should I fear in days of adversity,
When the iniquity of my [b]foes surrounds me,
6 Even those who trust in their wealth
And boast in the abundance of their riches?
7 No man can by any means redeem his brother
Or give to God a ransom for him—
8 For the redemption of [c]his soul is costly,
And he should cease trying forever—
9 That he should live on eternally,
That he should not [d]undergo decay.For he sees that even wise men die;
10 The stupid and the senseless alike perish
And leave their wealth to others.
15 But God will redeem my soul from the [m]power of [n]Sheol,
For He will receive me.
16 Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich,
When the [o]glory of his house is increased;
17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
His [p]glory will not descend after him.
Maybe you have gone through the painful experience of losing a loved one recently and this is in your mind. Yesterday, i heard that a friend, 19 years old, had passed away.
The Psalmist reminds us that this will come to everyone–unless, of course, Jesus comes back, Please Lord come soon–to the rich and poor, to righteous and the wicked.
Verse 5 To me it sounds like he asking why should he be scared of death. This is a good question. As Christians should we be afraid of death?
The Psalmist illustrates the attitude of a the rich people who trust on how rich they are for everything. That even their riches cannot save them or someone else from death. No on the contrary when they die their riches are meaningless and left to someone else. No amount of worldly goods can guarantee eternal life. As the Psalmist says “For the redemption of [c]his soul is costly,
And he should cease trying forever—” Our Redemption cost to much that no human could ever pay it. If the psalmist would end with this then it would be depressing.
But thank God!!! That Jesus die to pay our redemption.
This is why the Psalmist, says do not be scared if you die because ” God will redeem my soul from the [m]power of [n]Sheol,
For He will receive me.” He will redeem you too.
Friends, lets not trust in ourselves or others, or even in all the things we possess but trust only in Jesus, He is our way.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.