Daily Service: Study your Word – Are riches bad?

Daily Service: Study your Word – Are riches bad?

Psalm 62:10 (GenevaBible) Trust not in oppression nor in robbery: be not vain: if riches increase, set not your heart thereon.

Psalm 62:10 (ASV) Trust not in oppression and become not vain in robbery: If riches increase, set not your heart thereon.

Psalm 62:10 (AMP) Trust not in and rely confidently not on extortion and oppression, and do not vainly hope in robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them.

Psalm 62:10 (ESV) Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them.

Psalm 62:10 (HCSB) Place no trust in oppression, or false hope in robbery. If wealth increases, pay no attention to it.

Psalm 62:10 (NASB) Do not trust in oppression and do not vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.

Psalm 62:10 (NKJV) Do not trust in oppression, nor vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, Do not set your heart on them.

Bible Knowledge Commentary – Psalm 62:10

C. God will reward each person (62:9-12)

62:9-10. The psalmist warned that it is foolish to trust in humans. He described how transitory life is, whether a person is of low or high position. People are nothing but a breath (heb̠el, “a vapor”; cf. 39:5, 11; 144:4 and comments on Ecc. 1:2). They are so insignificant that, if weighed, the scales would not even move. Their might is powerless against God. Therefore one should not trust in the powerful advances of the wicked. Riches are not to be trusted either (cf. Prov. 11:28; 23:5; 27:24).

Matthew Henry Concise – Psalm 62:10No Trust to Be Put in Worldly Things (62:8-12)

Those who have found the comfort of the ways of God themselves, will invite others into those ways; we shall never have the less for others sharing with us. the good counsel given is, to trust wholly in God. We must so trust in him at all times, as not at any time to put that trust in ourselves, or in any creature, which is to be put in him only. Trust in him to guide us when in doubt, to protect us when in danger, to supply us when in want, to strengthen us for every good word and work. We must lay out wants and our wishes before him, and then patiently submit our wills to his: this is pouring out our hearts. God is a refuge for all, even for as many as will take shelter in him. The psalmist warns against trusting in men. The multitude, those of low degree, are changeable as the wind. The rich and noble seem to have much in their power, and lavish promises; but those that depend on them, are disappointed. Weighed in the balance of Scripture, all that man can do to make us happy is lighter than vanity itself. It is hard to have riches, and not to trust in them if they increase, though by lawful and honest means; but we must take heed, lest we set our affections unduly upon them. A smiling world is the most likely to draw the heart from God, on whom alone it should be set. The consistent believer receives all from God as a trust; and he seeks to use it to his glory, as a steward who must render an account. God hath spoken as it were once for all, that power belongs to him alone. He can punish and destroy. Mercy also belongs to him; and his recompensing the imperfect services of those that believe in him, blotting out their transgressions for the Redeemer’s sake, is a proof of abundant mercy, and encourages us to trust in him. Let us trust in his mercy and grace, and abound in his work, expecting mercies from him alone.

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with wealth. How can there be when God is the one who gives people the ability to get wealth (see Deut. 8:18). It is the prominence that wealth is afforded in the heart that is often wrong. Wealth—or the search for it, or the control of it, or the expenditure of it—does not belong in the center; it is at best peripheral.

Powerful as wealth is—and who can deny its power? —wealth can do nothing about a fundamental aspect of human existence. Human beings are extremely fragile. “If you weight them on the scales they are lighter than a puff of air” (Ps. 62:9). Not only is wealth incapable of solving this “unbearable lightness of being,” but when a man for whom wealth is central is wafted into eternity, he goes minus his center. He is hollow. And standing before the one who is the center to all life, he sees his error—but too late.

Tecarta Men’s Devotional

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