“But man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beasts that perish.
Like sheep they are destined for the grave and death will feed on them. The upright will rule over them in the morning; their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions.
But God will redeem my life from the grave, he will surely take me to himself.Psalm 49: 12, 14-15
Peace and good to all.
If I may share my personal reflection on the above passage from the Book of Psalm.
We all die. Rich or poor, we all die. No human is immortal and not even wealth can buy us life. We do not last forever.
We may accumulate all the riches here on earth but when death comes to us, we will leave them all: our mansions, our possessions, our cherished names, our successes here on earth, we will all leave them behind when we die. We cannot purchase our lives.
When it comes to death, rich and poor are the same, both are destined to die where death will feed on them. Whether one was buried in a mausoleum or ditched in a small space on earth for the pauper or what you call cemetery slums, both will face decay afterwards. For despite possessions on earth, man perish.
This means, therefore, that we cannot trust in our wealth in the same way that we are not supposed to trust on ourselves with the belief that we can change and purchase life for us to be immortal. That is foolishness. God is the only one who has control of everything, not us, not our riches, not our family legacy not even our names honored by some or by the whole world.
If we trust our riches than God, then we are like an animal who live to die, having no purpose at all except to go the grave when death comes. But if we trust in God, if we trust in Jesus, if we believe in Him who redeems and saves, then our life here on earth has become filled with purpose because we know that when we face our creator, He will keep us and make us stay where He is, in one of the rooms in the house of His Father where He reserved for us. For when we are with God, when we are with Jesus, grave has no power to retain our bodies and death cannot feed on us for our bodies to face decay and hell will have no power to seize us, because upon our death, God the father, with His Son Jesus, will receive us.
For a moment, let’s try to ask ourselves these: With the present state of my being now, can I assure myself that am here for a purpose set by God and not only to pasture, live and thereafter die? And, when I die, can I say to myself now that God the Father will readily receive me or will hell seize upon me, instead?
May God be with you.