My mum used to say about royalty, the rich and the famous, “They go to the toilet just like everybody else.” And it’s true – they are human. It’s also a fact that one day, every single one of them will leave this mortal life. That’s the basic theme of Psalm 49.
That doesn’t make it OK to be poor. We read the shocking statistics of life expectancy in different parts of the world, and even within regions of a country, and it’s clear that being affluent tends to give you a longer life. Nevertheless, death comes to us all sooner or later.
So, what can we learn from this rather unusual psalm, that addresses all people, rather than God? I think the most important lesson, in essence, is to make your life count.
- Don’t be frightened of others – powerful people are just people, and ultimately they only have the power over you that you permit them to have.
- Don’t be frightened of stepping out – you only get one life to achieve all you are going to get done.
- Leave a legacy that will make the world a better place. You may not personally be remembered for long, but do stuff that makes a difference.
- Don’t trust in yourself. God is the only one who can redeem your life. Where else would you want to spend eternity, than safe with him, face to face with Jesus?