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Psalm 49: Passing Through

Psalm 49 concludes the first collection of songs and poems by the Sons of Korah. It’s an interesting psalm in that it speaks of God but does not at any point speak to Him. It’s audience is not even Israel as so many psalms are, rather this is a message for “all peoples” for “all inhabitants of the world.” What’s the message of the Psalm, this “word” that everyone on earth, “both low and high, rich and poor” need to hear “together”? As morbid as it may sound to us, the message is that man, no matter his wealth, his fame or his honor will not remain, he is destined to die, there is no way to create a place of lodging for ourselves on earth. 

Verse 12 says, “Man in his pomp will not remain; he is like the beasts that perish.” The Hebrew word that is translated as “remain” in the English Standard Version is “luwn”, it means “to lodge, stop over, pass the night, abide”. The point that I believe is being made is to stop working to be comfortable in a place that was meant to be temporary. …

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