They are like sheep and are destined to die;
death will be their shepherd
The sheep mentioned in this psalm are not the same sheep that we usually remember from some well known passages of the Word of God. For example, referring to Jesus we are told that “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” And of the children of God the word says: “Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” These would be the good sheep. But the sheep mentioned in Psalm 49 were destined for death because their heart was always ruled by pride and haughtiness. Today, these sheep accumulate wealth and possessions and they are convinced that money is going to protect them from death. They rely only on themselves and their wealth; they boast of their many possessions. They appear to be happy and they continually receive praise for their achievements but this will serve for nothing when death knocks on their door.
The word of God is very insistent that we should not depend on wealth and possessions. We brought nothing into the world and nothing we will take with us when we leave. Our strength is the Lord and not the number of digits on our bank account balance. Let’s not put our eyes on money or we will end up falling in love with it and we know that the love of money is the root of all evil. Let us seek to depend on God for everything, both in complex and in simple things. Relying on God will give us the peace and quiet we need. To God alone be the glory!