Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me, those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches?” (Psalm 49:5–6, ESV)

Psalm 49 is a warning to “those who trust in their wealth.”  The psalmist points out that:

  1. The wealthy will die just like everyone else (vs. 10)
  2. They cannot pay the price for their own (sinful) life, just like everyone else (vs. 7)
  3. Their graves will be their home forever (vs. 11)
  4. When the wealthy die, they will carry none of their wealth or earthly glory with them, just like everyone else (vs. 17)

Rather than trusting in wealth, the Scriptures call us to trust in the Lord:

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” (Psalm 20:7, ESV)

Good luck, dear reader, if you are trusting in your wealth.  Riches will help you so long as you are alive and not one second longer.  The Bible calls us to trust that lasts into the grave and beyond the grave to eternity. Mr. Spurgeon, unsurprisingly, gets it just right: “No redemption could man find in riches, but God has found it in the blood of his dear Son.”