To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.
1 Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world: 2 Both low and high, rich and poor, together. 3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. 4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp. 5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about? 6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; 7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: 8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) 9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption. 10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. 11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names. 12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish. 13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah. 14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling. 15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah. 16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; 17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him. 18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself. 19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light. 20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.
How many times I have watched the “world” sin and actually prosper and yet believers are suffering – some for the cause of Christ. The headlines in Christian news report believers being killed in Pakistan and persecuted all over the world. Yet unbelievers prosper and seem unaffected by their sin!
This is a discouraging thought for me and I try “not to go there” in my head because I get discouraged. My current unemployment situation is one of those areas that bewilders me when unbelievers are getting the jobs for which I have applied. I know that God has a plan and that He loves me – of this I have no doubt. But these thoughts still pop up in my head and I am bewildered.
Verse 17 reminds that no one can take anything with him when he leaves this earth. However, I can take my salvation and stand face-to-face with my Saviour knowing that I will be spending eternity with Him. Whatever trials I have gone through, they will be worth it all when I meet my Maker. The unbeliever does not have this advantage. His blessings were here on earth but eternal punishment in Hell awaits him for eternity. My hardships were here on earth but blessings in Heaven await me for all eternity!
The next time I think of life not being fair, I must remind myself to come to today’s text and encourage my spirit in the Lord. Judgment will be meted out, whether here on earth or when we step into eternity!