This song by the Sons of Korah is a serious dirge about the need to trust spiritual insight even more than wealth. Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases; for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them. Though while they live they count themselves blessed—and people praise you when you prosper—they will join those who have gone before them, who will never again see the light of life. People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.
Is this song about you, about me? Do we trust wealth rather than God who desires to bless us even beyond the here and now? Years after this song was written Jesus was teaching in the Temple in Jerusalem. I love how John recorded Jesus’ words, “I am the light of the world, He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” Life with Jesus is not stumbling around in the dark, for His words light our path. He is the only way to see the light of life that Psalm 49 alludes to. We may have the means to buy tickets for most events on earth, but riches cannot redeem our souls.