Author: The sons of Korah
Verse 1 – Hear this, all you people’s; give ear, all you inhabitants of the world,
Verse 2 – Both low and high, rich and poor together.
Verse 3 – My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall bring the understanding.
Verse 4 – I will incline my ear to a proverb, I will disclose my dark saying on the harp.
Rather than a praise psalm, this psalm is written for instruction. It is wisdom for all.
Verse 5 – Why should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity at my heels surrounds me?
Verse 6 – Those who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their riches,
Verse 7 – None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him –
Verse 8 – For the redemption of their souls is costly, and it shall cease forever –
Verse 9 – That he should continue to live eternally, and not see the pit.
All the wealth in the world can not redeem a person’s soul. We were not redeemed with silver or gold. The price that was paid for each and every person was with the blood of Christ. When He shed His precious blood that day on Calvary, He paid the ultimate price for you and I to have an eternal life with our Savior.
Jesus asked in Matthew 16:26, “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
The wealth we accumulate while on earth, will never determine where we spend eternity. It’s up to us to make that choice where we will spend it.
Verse 10 – For he sees the wise men die; likewise the fool and the senseless person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
Remember, the Bible calls the foolish, godless, without God. Not because He’s not available but because they choose not to believe.
Verse 11 – Their inner thought is that their houses will continue forever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.
Verse 12 – Nevertheless man, though in honor, does not remain; he is like the beasts that parish.
Verse 13 – This is the way of those who are foolish, and of their prosperity who approve their sayings. Selah
Verse 14 – Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall be consumed in the grave, far from their dwelling.
The rich and the poor have one thing similar when they die, everything they own is left behind. The believer though, invests while on earth, in the things pertaining to God’s kingdom. To have treasures in heaven, we place our faith in Jesus the Christ. Those lives that we influence to come to Christ, they are worth more than silver or gold that we’ve acquired while on earth.
Verse 15 – But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave for He shall receive me. Selah
Verse 16 – Do not be afraid when one becomes rich, when the glory of his house is increased;
Verse 17 – For when he dies he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him.
Verse 18 – Though while he lives he blesses himself, for men will praise you when you do well for yourself,
Verse 19 – He shall go to the generations of his fathers; they shall never see light.
Verse 20 – Man who is in honor, yet does not understand, is like the beast that parish.
Those who have spent their lives acquiring wealth for wealth’s sake, in order to lavish themselves with the riches of this world, will realize when it’s time to die, it was useless.
Is God against us having wealth? No, look at Abraham and Job, after his trials, King David, and his son Solomon. Here’s the key: always check your motive for gaining wealth and what you intend to do with it. Does the money have an assignment? Is it just for you and yours, or is it used to advance the kingdom and bless others?