Psalm 49:16 Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases; 17 for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him… 20 A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
There are two major pulls upon the souls of mankind. One is wealth and the other is God. Jesus said in Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money”. The psalmist is expressing that same thought.
The psalm points out that when a man dies he cannot take his wealth with him. He will take nothing. The only advantage to them is in this lifetime. After they die someone else will inherit their money. As Christians we need to let wealth serve us, to be its master. Too often we get caught up in ‘get rich quick schemes’ that burns us financially. There seems to be a tendency within the Christian community to get taken in. Whether it is our changed worldview wherein we want to see the good in everyone or whether it is our desire to support the kingdom of God, we are susceptible.
God is the source of all wealth. In Deuteronomy 8 He says: “You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me." But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today”. (8:17,18) He is the source of all wealth creation. Jesus said in Matthew 5: 44, 45 “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous”. God’s love and blessing is poured out upon all mankind.
Christians are most blessed of all people. Our blessing comes from serving God and Him only. Jesus also said in Matthew 6:31 - 34 “So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
We need to keep our focus on His kingdom and His righteousness, pray for His blessings to be increased and rest in Him. There are many rich people who are tormented with fear and worry. Riches do not guarantee an escape from worry. Only God can keep us in perfect peace because our minds our focused on Him.
Prayer: “Father, I will seek you first – your kingdom, your righteousness – before I pursue any other activity. Pour out your blessing upon my family and me in Jesus name. Amen!”