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"He is like the beasts that perish." Psalm 49:20 

  Psalm 49:20

  One of the many dangers and follies of mankind is to trust in riches. The Bible does not condemn those who possess riches, for riches can be used to effect much good in the world for the bodies, minds, and souls of others. But it is common for those who possess riches to suffer from them by becoming proud, oppressive, and inordinately self-indulgent. In addition to these vices which riches tend to breed, is trusting in riches as one's security. The well-to-do often view their wealth as an impregnable walled city, able to hold out safely when under siege. Rather than humbly depending on God to be their refuge, fortress, and rock of defense in life's afflictions and troubles, they look to their portfolio. It is easier for those who have riches to think of themselves as not needing God, and as justifiably irreligious. The 49th Psalm is just one of many Scriptures which warn of the vanity of earthly riches, which to both the rich and the poor seems a "dark saying". It describes those "who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their riches . . . their inner thought is that their houses will last forever, their dwelling-places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names." But the Psalm goes on to point out that their great wealth cannot spare either their loved ones or themselves from death. Even the richest of the rich must go to the cemetery, and go there empty-handed. We are told that "the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning," and we know that many of the upright are far from rich. To live only for this world and this age, and to ignore God and our eternal destiny, we are told, is to be "like the beasts that perish." "A man who is in honor, yet does not understand, is like the beasts that perish." Wealthy men may have beastly minds. God already owns all estates, so He cannot be bribed at the judgment. It is righteousness that He accepts, and it is only the spotless righteousness of Christ received by faith that can do for sinners what all their gold and silver can never do. "Hear this, all peoples; give ear, all inhabitants of the world, both low and high, rich and poor together."


 

   

   

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