The other night while reading my Bible, I ran across Psalm 49. I know I must have read it before, but this time it took on a more meaningful perspective. With everything going on these days: wars and rumors of wars, new outbreaks of diseases, a downward spiraling economy, and so many unheard of before events, Psalm 49 tells a different story about what, or whom, we should trust.
All God asks for is 10% of your riches, whether your riches be much or much less. He asks that you give back to Him just 10% of all that He has given to you. Remember, He is the reason for your talent, your opportunities, and your life. Understand God’s purpose for your riches no matter how great or small they may be.
Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world, low and high, rich and poor alike: My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance from my heart will give understanding. I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will expound my riddle:
Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me – those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches? No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him – the ransom for a life is costly, no payments is ever enough that he should live on forever and not see decay. For all can see that wise men die; the foolish and the senseless alike perish and leave their wealth to others.
Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves. But man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beasts that perish. This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. Selah
Like sheep they are destined for the grave, and death will feed on them. The upright will rule over them in the morning; their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions. But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself. Selah
Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases; for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him. Though while he lived he counted himself blessed – and men praise you when you prosper – he will join the generation of his fathers, who will never see the light of life.
A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
Father, all that I have comes from You. Riches, health, talents, opportunities – my life. I owe it all to You. Father, give me understanding and wisdom as to what to do with what You have given to me. Let my riches assist in the spreading of the good gospel of Christ. Father, let me be committed to giving to You 10% of all that You have been so gracious enough to give me. Let my trust not be in riches or gold, a job, or man – but on You, on Christ Jesus. By the Blood of Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Submitted via email distribution June 1, 2009.