Psalms: Making the Connections
Psalm 49: Of Proverbs and Riddles
Psalm 49 is the last in the collection penned by the Sons of Korah (Pss 42-49)
found in Book Two of the Psalms. Furthermore, Psalm 49 follows a collection
of kingship psalms, which speak of God (Elohim) and God’s Messiah
establishing sovereign reign over the nations. If we look carefully, we will
notice that both Psalm 49 and Psalm 50 open with a clear summons to all the
people of this world (compare Psalm 49:1-2 and Psalm 50:1).
The psalmist in Psalm 49 wants each and everyone of us to reflect upon
matters of life and death. One becomes reflective when reading these verses
because they require us to distinguish between what is permanent and what
is temporary. God offers ultimate hope for those who put trust in the
Messiah, for as the key verse of this psalm states: But God will ransom my soul
from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. Selah (49:15). Clearly, this is a
statement about resurrection!
As We Ponder The Issues Of Life And Death, Note...
• The Summons We Need To Heed. (1-4)
• The Question We Need To Answer. (5-12)
• The Promise We Need To Believe. (13-15)
• The Perspective We Need To Maintain. (16-20)