Vs. 12, “But man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beasts that perish.” Living in So. Cal. reminds me how many people come out to find fortune and fame. Whether we are rich or poor…this Psalm speaks to you. Compared to the rest of the world, we are so very rich. The Missions team from CTC church is down in Tecate, Mexico where the economy is very different than ours. Wealth cannot prevent the inevitable fact of death. We are reminded that our riches do not follow us to the grave. No matter how rich or famous you are, you will die and be forgotten.
Regarding application…Impressed with Riches. Vs. 16, “Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases.” Perhaps most of us (if not all of us) have been guilty of this. When we are young…it is the singers, athletes and actors we look up to. When we are adults, the awe turns more into envy. Either way…it is sheer foolishness to even desire wealth and when I hear Christians tell me “I want to have a great job and become rich so I can give more to the church.” Such foolishness. If you really wanted to give to the church…give your life, not your money. If you really love the church that much….sacrifice your life and devote it to hard work. Contrary to popular belief…Money doesn’t make the world go round….and the church certainly isn’t built on it. Don’t justify your selfish desire to be rich by disgracing God and yourself. If you are guilty of such foolish thinking…take a hard look within and realize that money & God can never be put together in your goals for life. Because time and time again…people choose money over God.