Psalm 49:15
But God will redeem my life from Sheol, for He will surely take me to Himself. Selah
A Contrast: Unseen WealthC. Clemance Psalm 49:1-20
A Dark Saying: Wealth in Bad HandsC. Clemance Psalm 49:1-20
Be not AfraidW. Forsyth Psalm 49:1-20
The Inequalities of SocietyG. C. Lorimer, D. D.Psalm 49:1-20
The Issues of LifeC. Short Psalm 49:1-20
A Sand SorrowPsalm 49:15-20
Empty-Handed We DepartArchbishop Trench.Psalm 49:15-20

There have been several different views entertained of the state after death. The realm of departed seals was called by the Hebrews Sheol, or the all-demanding world; by the Greeks Hades, or the unknown world. Practically, either word may be used, since the two simply refer to the same realm looked at under different aspects. To the pagan, Sheol (or Hades) was a dim and grim underworld, with no light beyond. To the Hebrews, Sheol was a dim underworld, with the light at the end - "in the awakening" To the Christian, Hades is a realm of perfect rest in Christ, where the righteous are awaiting the resurrection morn. And we may now set forth the believer's hopes as to that day in far brighter and more vivid tones than were possible to the psalmists and seers of old.

I. THERE WILL BE A RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD. Whether or no the psalmist descried this, we cannot tell; but we do, for Jesus has brought life and incorruption to light through the gospel. He is the Resurrection and the Life. He is the Saviour of the body; and "whosoever liveth and believeth in him shall never die." It will be indeed a glorious "morning" when death shall be swallowed up in victory.

II. JEHOVAH-JESUS WILL THEN BE THE SHEPHERD OF HIS FLOCK. As he was their Shepherd when here, and had guard of them between death and the resurrection, so he will be their Shepherd still, to lead and feed them with his own hand. "The upright" will have no such doleful shepherd as death; they will know nothing of dying. In the loving care of Jesus they will know only life and joy.

III. THEN THOSE WHO HAVE FOLLOWED THE LORD JESUS WILL HAVE THE SUPREMACY. "Many that are last shall be first, and the first last," even within the kingdom. But how much more will this reversal be seen in the case of those who are not in the kingdom at all! Many who were among the great, the high, the noble, of earth will not then be owned by the King; while many a poor but humble Christian, whom the world knew not because it knew him not, will hear a voice saying, "Friend, come up higher." Then many of earth's despised ones shall enter into the presence of the King; they shall sit with him on his throne; and they shall have dominion "in the morning." God will cause "all things" to work together for good to those that love him. Evil may ride high for a time, but it must hide its head at last. And when the wicked are ashamed, the righteous will lift up their heads, for the day of their redemption will have come. - C.

Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased.
I remember an Eastern legend which I have always thought furnished a remarkable commentary on these words of the psalmist. Alexander the Great, we are told, being upon his death-bed, commanded that when he was carried forth to his grave his hands should not be wrapped, as was usual, in the cerecloth, but should be left outside, so that all might see them, and might see that they were empty; that he, the possessor while he lived of two worlds — of the East and the West, — and of the treasures of both, yet now, when he was dead, could retain no smallest portion of these treasures.

(Archbishop Trench.)

A story is told of a child crying by the seashore, and when mamma asked nurse the reason, her reply was, "Please, ma'am, it's because he can't bring home the holes he has made in the sand."

"How many weep because they cannot take

To their last home the many holes they make."The deepest mines of wealth will have to be left behind. Wells of earthly joy cannot be taken with us. Hast thou buried thy talent? Thou wilt have to leave it.

The mighty God, even the Lord, hath spoken, and called the earth, from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
This, the first of the Asaph psalms, is separated from the other eleven (Psalm 73.-83.) for reasons that do not appear. Probably they are no more recondite than the verbal resemblance between the summons to all the earth at the beginning of Psalm 49., and the similar proclamation in the first verses of Psalm

1. The arrangement of the Psalter is often obviously determined by such slight links. The group has certain features in common, of which some appear here: e.g. the fondness for descriptions of theophanies; the prominence given to God's judicial action; the preference for the Divine names of El, Adonai (the Lord), Elyon (Most High). Other peculiarities of the class — e.g. the love for the designation "Joseph" for the nation, and delight in the image of the Divine Shepherd — are not found in this psalm. It contains no historical allusions which aid in dating it. The leading idea of it — viz, the depreciation of outward sacrifice — is unhesitatingly declared by many to have been impossible in the days of the Levite Asaph, who was one of David's musical staff. But is it so certain that such thoughts were foreign to the period in which Samuel declared that obedience was better than sacrifice? Certainly the tone of the psalm is that of later prophets, and there is much probability in the view that Asaph is the name of the family or guild of singers from whom these psalms came rather than that of an individual.

(A. Maclaren, D. D.)


1. Its Author. "The mighty God," etc.


(2)Absolutely righteous.

2. Its witnesses. "He hath called the earth," etc.

3. Its grandeur. "Our God shall come," etc. The Eternal seems now silent; souls deafened by sin hear not His voice, but He will speak in thunder to them in the coming day.

4. Its officers (ver. 5). Who are the officers? (Matthew 24:31; Psalm 104:4). "Gather My saints;" what a gathering! From whence? To whom? What for?

5. Its rectitude (ver. 6). We may deceive ourselves, as well as others now; but the undeceiving period draweth near, and a period of inexpressible solemnity it will be to us all.


1. You can give God nothing in your offerings. All belongs to Him.

2. He requires nothing. He is absolutely independent (vers. 14, 15).

III. The VALUE OF RIGHT-HEARTEDNESS in the religion of man.

1. The nature of spiritual religion.(1) Hearty gratitude. "Offer unto God thanksgiving." Not because our thanksgiving is of any service to Him; but because it is right that His moral creatures should appreciate the favours He bestows upon them. Because it is necessary to their own virtue and happiness. Genuine thankfulness of heart to God is the paradise of spirits. Heaven is praise.(2) Hearty vows. "Pay thy vows unto the Most High." Resolve to love, worship, and obey the great God; and in genuine earnestness carry out the vows in daily life.(3) Hearty prayer. "Call upon Me in the day of trouble" — with thine own voice, in thine own language, from thy own heart (Philippians 4:6).

2. The advantages of spiritual religion.(1) Divine deliverance. "I will deliver thee."(2) Divine approbation. "Thou shall glorify Me." That is, thou shall honour Me. What a reward!


Plain Sermons by authors of "Tracts for the Times."
The whole business which we have in the world is this, to prepare to meet God. This is the meaning of the whole Bible, to warn us that we must meet God, and to afford us every assistance and encouragement in this preparation. It is this in which mankind differs from all other creatures of God which we know of. Angels have not this call made to them. Brute creatures have not to appear before Him. Every mall that is born must at last come into His presence. "Who may abide the day of His coming?" Our Lord's warning is, "Be ye ready." What it will be to "meet our God," no heart of man can conceive; for what thought of man can ever understand what God is? But we may come to know Him even in this world far more than we think we can, as He is revealed to us in Jesus Christ. The thought of meeting God is of itself so awful that we might have been disposed to sit down in despair at the contemplation of it, were it not for this access to the Father which we have in Jesus Christ. It is of infinite consequence that we should be prepared, "lest that day should overtake us unawares." And we know in what way we are to be prepared, what the things are which will be required of us. We cannot undo the past, which must all come before the all-seeing eye of the Judge; but, during the little time that remains to us, we can earnestly ask forgiveness, with lastings, and prayers, and tears, for the sake of Christ; and thus we may, with God's mercy, gain some hope and comfort before we die.

(Plain Sermons by authors of "Tracts for the Times.")

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