Saturday, September 24, 2011

Trusted in Riches

 5God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.
 6The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:
 7Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness. 
(Psalm 52:5-7, King James Version)

Trusted in Riches

Psalm 52 continues with its discussion of the man who, with a tongue like a razor, loved evil more than good. Why did this man not fear the Lord? He did not fear the Lord because he trusted in riches. Though we live in a time of great discoveries and advancements, some things never change. In our day, we still exalt the rich.

Psalm 52 is a sobering reminder that God sees all things. This rich man thought he was secure living right in the middle of the righteous, but God rooted him out of the land of the living. Though he may be befriended by many, none could protect him from the hand of God.

As Christians today, could we be guilty of the same thing? Where do we put our trust? Are we like this man who trusted in riches, or are we like the righteous of Psalm 52 who put their trust in God?

Do you sometimes wonder if you truly are a Christian? This Psalm gives us a subtle test of our true faith. How do you view those who are rich? How do you view your own riches?

According to this Psalm, the true righteous understand that though riches may make life easier, their strength lies in God and not in the things they may possess. We must be careful that we do not just give lip service to this thought, but that we truly ponder our own hearts. It is not easy in this day of consumerism to turn our backs on the things the world most desires and put our trust in God, whom we cannot see.

As we think on these things, it would be good to meditate upon these verses from Psalm 33.

 11The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
 12Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
 13The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. (Psalm 33:11-13, King James Version)

God Bless You,

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