We are continuing our series of reflections on the Psalms. Each day we will upload a new reflection to the website. We hope and pray that you will find them helpful and that they bring hope during this season. Click on these buttons to read the text of the psalm or listen to a recording of it. You can also listen to the reflection using the audio player below.
This psalm was possibly written by one of the sons of Korah, who was thought to be a rich powerful man. The son is believed to be the chief musician.
The psalm addresses the age-old question of prosperity and wealth, and was intended for all men, ‘Listen, everyone, listen earth dwellers, don’t miss this’ (MSG). But, how can we apply it to our lives now in the 21st century? How can we take this and live as God would desire us?
The psalm reminds us to neither trust in our riches nor to judge others by their poverty or wealth. This is a continuing problem whatever the century. Our culture values those who have wealth, and who demonstrate it, we often see wealth as a form of power. We live in a society where we put our trust in money. During this time of COVID-19 it has made many people evaluate and reflect on where our priorities lie. However if we return to a more social society after COVID-19 will we continue questing for wealth and the status it brings over our relationship with God?
The psalm is a testimony of the writer’s faith in God. In the Living Bible verse 5 says, ‘God will redeem my soul from the power of death, for he will receive me’, it encouraged us, ‘so don’t be dismayed when evil men grow rich’. Eternal life in Christ has riches abound.
Yes, we need to pay bills, and live in this world, however, Colossians 3:23 reminds us to centre our work on the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord. Philippians 4:19 says “my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Trusting God in our financial circumstances, whether we are struggling or comfortable financially, is the true key. The psalm helps us focus on our financial priorities in a blunt and straightforward manor reminding us not to value others by their riches, prompting us that ultimately whether rich or poor we will die, our wealth will be left to others. We have hope as Christians that God will give us eternal life through Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice for us.
Thank you, Lord, for the riches and blessings you have given us. We pray for wisdom especially in our financial management, putting your will over ours. We pray for those who don’t know you and value prosperity over relationship with you. Keep reminding us how to prioritise your will over our materialistic desires.