BCL Grow: The Illusion of Wealth — Psalm 49:7-8,15

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Psalm 49:7-8,15 (Redemption)

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Bible Passage

Truly no man can ransom another,
or give to God the price of his life,
for the ransom of their life is costly
and can never suffice….
But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,
for he will receive me. — Psalm 49:7-8,15


“Psalm 49 deals with the illusion of wealth and shows that wealth does not have the power to redeem because only God has the power to redeem.” — Richard P. Belcher, Jr., The Messiah and the Psalms: Preaching Christ from all the Psalms, p. 197.

Steps to Take

1. Reflect: How does wealth tempt us to trust in it rather than God? What does it mean that God redeems his people from Sheol?

2. Remember: In this life, we often find ourselves struggling and suffering. We may look on the wealthy and envy them, hoping that we too could be wealthy and live an easier life. The temptation is great. But Psalm 49 reminds us that wealth is fleeting. Treasures on earth do not last, and they can never redeem a person from the grave (Sheol); even the wealthy go to the grave. On the other hand, it is God alone who has the power to ransom a person from death and to grant eternal life. Jesus Christ, in his life, death, and resurrection has ransomed his people from the power of the grave (Mark 10:45).

3. Respond: Trust in Christ alone for salvation. Faithfully trust in the fact that he died for you so that you may have eternal joy with him in the new creation. For he did what no mere person can—he has ransomed you from death itself so that you may live for him in gratitude with love.

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