A Season of Psalms - Psalm 49:5-6, 17
Psalm 49:5-6, 17
“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?...For when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Have you played the “trust game?” If you haven’t, here’s what you do: you stand on an elevated platform with your eyes closed and your arms crossed and fall back, hoping, trusting, that the people below you will catch you. Do you trust them to catch you? That’s the big question, and it’s the risk you take when you play the game. (Hint: make sure you’re on good terms with those responsible for catching you).
“The love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” The Sons of Korah echo the words of 1 Timothy here in Psalm 49. Verse 5 asks, “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?” The answer is: there is no reason to fear. Mature believers in the Lord Jesus look to God to provide their every need. The reason money so often becomes our strong tower is that it actually can help us overcome many of life’s trials and tribulations. Money provides many things, but it guarantees nothing. It doesn’t guarantee long life or wisdom, and you certainly won’t be able to take it with you. Have you ever seen a hearse with a luggage rack?
Here’s the good news: we have riches beyond monetary wealth when we accept Christ as Lord and Savior of our life. We have access to every spiritual blessing under heaven because we are united with Him. And when this life is over, we are ushered into a wealth of wonder where we’ll walk streets of gold and worship in a glorious city full of precious stones. And best of all? The light of the Lord God Almighty and of the Lamb will shine on us! What a day of rejoicing that will be!
Further Reading: Revelation 21-22:5; Matthew 19:16-30
Pray with me:
Lord Jesus, if we have misplaced our trust, then bring us back to You. Help us to see that treasure stored on earth pales mightily in comparison to the glorious riches that are stored up for us in heaven. We have no true treasure apart from You. Teach us to value You above all else. In Your precious name we pray, Amen.