Psalm 49

“Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:
Both low and high, rich and poor, together.
My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?
They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)
That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.”

I love it when I see Jesus in the old testament. The psalmist is speaking of people who put their trust in earthly possessions rather than the one true God. How true that nothing we idolize – including money – can save the life of our brother. Only our Savior Jesus Christ can do that. We will all meet Him one day, and our earthly possessions won’t be there with us.

“For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.
Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.
This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.”

We can’t take it with us folks. How many times have we seen families destroyed over an inheritance? We fight over foolish things. How many times do we see a marriage destroyed over selfish interests, and see them fighting over money, even using their children as pawns against each other. Their eyes are so filled with greed and selfishness that they don’t see the damage being done to their children, not to mention their souls.

What exactly are you trying to control, when none of it is really yours anyway? It all belongs to God, to be given and taken from you as He wills it. When you stand in judgement, what will your excuse be for not honoring God with your actions? How will you explain that your measly possessions and your earthly pursuits were more important than your children, your family, your eternal soul?

“But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;
For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.
He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.
Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.”

The glory we receive from this earth is foolishness to God. We are not supposed to be satisfied with this life. We are supposed to want more. God provides a place and eternal life greater than any man can even comprehend. Yet how often we see people conformed with the pleasures of this fallen world. Do we really have such low standards?

Christians, let us not be conformed – and consumed – by this world. What awaits us is much grander, much more glorious, than anything we could ever possess on earth. Anchor yourself not to money, greed, selfishness, and conceit, but rather the waiting arms of Jesus Christ. Don’t be the beast that perishes without the gift God so graciously provides us.

Is this world really all that you want?

Be careful what you ask for.

You just might get it.