Psalms 49: Wisdom Comes From God

Psalms 49 gives us a very comprehensive picture of the message of Christianity, and we find that it doesn’t really matter who you are.

Psa 49:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:

Psa 49:2  Both low and high, rich and poor, together.

The message we are about to hear cuts across socioeconomic class. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor; the message is for all.

We might as well continue to see what message is about to be shared.

Psa 49:11  Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.

Psa 49:12  Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.

Psa 49:13  This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.

The message is that earthly things fade away. People who feel secure in their possessions are foolish. Even trusting in your own life is foolish because you will die just like an animal. Your time is limited and it will end.

What is the implication then?

If trusting in temporal things of earth is foolish, then I would presume that it is meaning that trusting in eternal things is wise. Those are the two options and if one is being differentiated as foolish, then it seems like the other is presumably wise.

Do we want to be wise? If we are following the Biblical definition of wisdom, then putting our trust in the eternal God seems like a good first step.

Pro 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Pro 3:6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on December 31, 2013, in Psalms and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi Zak. This is such a straightforward, alarming passage of Scripture, that so many of us won’t like to accept because it reminds us of our powerlessness and us being completely lost without God. It’s a hard truth, but a necessary step to our life with God. Happy New Year, and God Bless you Richly. Toni P., CT (-:



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