What Is Really Valuable?

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 49:1-20

This psalm offers valuable insight (v. 3). Wisdom guides us to affirm the right priorities. The song writer speaks of the downfall of the ungodly person. Riches have limitations. True, in some cases, they may prolong life, but the rich person, like the poor, will die. How much does a rich man have when he dies? “Nothing!” When the psalmist mentions that no man can buy back (redeem) the life of another (v. 7), I think of the God-Man, Jesus Christ, who did just that.

The rich tend to “trust in themselves” (v. 13). And doing so, they perish. We are all in great danger of being jealous of the rich, even though we are unwilling to admit it. The point of this psalm is that we have no reason to be jealous. The ungodly who are rich will perish. But what will happen to the rich or poor who trust in God? “God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself” (v. 15).

We were made for fellowship with God. That is so much more important than riches. If we really believe that, it will set our priorities for us.


Father, help me to focus my life on those things that are really important, those things alone that will transcend death. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.