Today I’m going to finish my study of Psalm 39 with a discussion on how we’re supposed to submit our finances to our Heavenly Father.
I said, “I will watch my ways
and keep my tongue from sin;
I will put a muzzle on my mouth
while in the presence of the wicked.”
So I remained utterly silent,
not even saying anything good.
But my anguish increased;
my heart grew hot within me.
While I meditated, the fire burned;
then I spoke with my tongue:
“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
and the number of my days;|
let me know how fleeting my life is.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before You.
Everyone is but a breath,
even those who seem secure.
“Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
without knowing whose it will finally be.
“But now, Lord, what do I look for?
My hope is in You.
Save me from all my transgressions;
do not make me the scorn of fools.
I was silent; I would not open my mouth,
for You are the one who has done this.
Remove Your scourge from me;
I am overcome by the blow of Your hand.
When You rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin,
You consume their wealth like a moth—
surely everyone is but a breath.
“Hear my prayer, Lord,
listen to my cry for help;
do not be deaf to my weeping.
I dwell with You as a foreigner,
a stranger, as all my ancestors were.
Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again
before I depart and am no more.”
I would say that one of the hardest things we have to do as Christians is to submit our finances to God. The world teaches us that we are in full control of our own lives, our own destinies, and that includes how much money we make or what we do with that money. But that isn’t true when you’re a follower of Christ.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10)
Whatever we have we’ve received from the Lord God because everything belongs to Him and that includes “our” money. You can say that you earned the money, therefore you deserve to use it as you please, but who gave you the job? Who has kept you in that job? Who has blessed you with favor and promotion? Who has helped you meet the right people at the right time? We know it is our Heavenly Father who does all that. That’s why we need to make sure that we are good stewards of all that God gives us including our finances.
Let’s return to Psalm 39.
Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be. (vs. 6)
I’ve said many times that there is nothing wrong with making a good amount of money, even achieving vast wealth, or wanting a better life for your family, but we should never set our goal as “making money” for the rest of our lives. The super-rich tend to do this, though some have higher goals like helping others with that money, and because making money is their goal they can never make enough of it. But what happens to that money when they die? It certainly doesn’t go with them. Interestingly, the Bible tells us what happens to the wealth of the rich.
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. (Proverbs 13:22)
The sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. If a wealthy person isn’t born again, you can be sure that when they die their wealth will end up in the hands of the righteous – whether through charities or some other way.
Making money can’t be our goal and focus in life. I know how hard it is not to focus on money because everything costs money, right? Bills pile up and never end, it’s easy to get in debt and feel like you’ll never get out again, even raising your children costs a lot of money. But that’s why we need to give our money to God – not only through tithing but just entrusting it to Him knowing that He will bless what little you may have and increase it by one-hundredfold. Anytime we give something to the Lord, He will always give it back even more.
Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over [with no space left for more]. For with the standard of measurement you use[when you do good to others], it will be measured to you in return. (Luke 6:39 – AMP)
I believe this applies to how much we give to others and how much we give back to God. When we give Him our time, our money, our hearts, our minds – all that we have – we can trust that He will keep His Word and give us even more in return. Not because we have some magic formula or because we deserve it, but because He loves us that much!
I pray that you guys have an awesome weekend filled with blessing and favor!
If you’d like to tell me how God has blessed your finances, I would love to hear your stories! You can leave a comment below this post or send me an email. I will never share anything you don’t give me permission to share with others!