Proper Trust - Meditation on Psalm 49
I'm not preaching this morning, but if I were I might have looked to Psalm 49. The Gospel reading for today served as the basis of my sermon for the previous Sunday (a stewardship sermon from Luke 12).
I simply want to draw our attention to the Psalmist's reminder that we can't put our trust in wealth. Yes, in our world it takes money to survive. Whether you agree or not, the call for raising the minimum wage to a living wage is a recognition that one cannot survive on less than $8.00 an hour. Back when I was a teen, earning just above minimum wage at a grocery store, I was earning spending money, not trying to support a family. So, yes, money is important, but money can't buy God's love.
If I were to look at this passage with an eye to stewardship, that would be an important point to make. When we give offerings to the church, we're not buying our way into heaven. We can't buy immortality. Everyone will die, the wise and the unwise. Only trust in God will suffice. That is our proper trust. With that I invite you to meditate upon the words of the Psalm.