Psalm 49: Only God Can Redeem from Death

(20 verses, 0:50 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • Death comes to all – rich and poor, wise and foolish- but God redeems us from death.


  • Introduction: Listen! (1-4)
  • Central Theme: Believers do not need to fear (5-6)
  • Evidence: Death comes to all, including the rich (7-15)
  • Conclusion: No need to fear – God is merciful and just. (16-20)


  • The Psalmist calls for the whole world to hear this word of wisdom he is about to speak regarding the riddle of death. (1-4)
  • The central theme is that the believer does not need to fear those who are persecuting him – in this case the wealthy who are using their wealth to make his life miserable – because God redeems us from death. (5-6)
  • The wealthy cannot use their money to earn their salvation. God will not be bribed. The wise, the foolish, the rich, the poor, all will die. There is no escaping this fact – no matter how hard men may try. And the Psalmist’s trust is not in wealth or wisdom, but in the one true God who conquers death for him. (7-15)
  • So, the Psalmist does not need to fear any man – even if that man has all the resources in the world to afflict him. He knows God is merciful and just (16-20).


  • Death is our most obvious problem. It’s the one problem we cannot escape no matter how hard we try. You can put all your fear, love, and trust in riches, but at the end of the day you still end up dead. Death is the result of sin and it is the wages of sin. Death though does not have the last word. Christ has conquered death in His death and resurrection. Only Christ knocks out death once and for all. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).
  • Compare with Psalm 73.

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-Pastor Andrew Packer


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