BCL Grow: Ransom My Soul — Psalm 49:15

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Psalm 49:15 (Redemption)

Bible Passage

But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. — Psalm 49:15


“This psalm [Ps. 49] addresses the whole world and uses the kind of wisdom language often found in the book of Proverbs. It is a psalm that warns of the deceptive power of riches and reminds all that the grave is the end of all life. But it also holds forth the promise of life beyond the grave...” — W. Robert Godfrey, Learning to Love the Psalms, p. 88.

Steps to Take

1. Reflect: Take a moment to read Psalm 49 and consider what the psalmist means by declaring that God himself ransoms a soul from the power of Sheol.

2. Remember: The wages of sin, the sin and guilt of Adam and our own sins, is death. As a result everyone dies, rich and poor, strong and weak, all alike. Everyone goes to the grave, that is, to Sheol. Yet, even centuries before the incarnation of Christ Jesus, God promised to ransom his people from the grave—from death. He promised that he himself would give the life of his Son as a ransom for many (Matt. 20:28; Mark 10:45) in order to save those who are united to Christ Jesus by faith. It is God himself who saves his people from the grave.

3. Rejoice: Though death is our enemy and everyone powerlessly passes through it, in Christ Jesus God has overcome all his enemies, even death itself. His resurrection proves it. Rejoice that by faith in Christ Jesus you too overcome death by the grace of God. If you believe in Christ Jesus, it is because God has redeemed you and made you alive forever in him—and this is all of grace (Eph. 2:5).

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