There is nothing like coming terms with the idea that I own nothing. Nothing is mine. Mine, mine, mine, it’s ALLLL not mine! When the democrats were campaining, they were all very intentional about coming to Texas. Why? Because there is an abundance of wealth here! This is one of the first things my wife and I noticed when we first moved to Dallas. Keeping up with the Jones’ is an epidemic in this ocean of wealth. But I suspect that in the midst of the materialism that grips people here, the Biblical concept of stewardship is foreign.
I am certainly not against wealth. I am against the notion that wealth is ours. Biblically speaking, God owns it all. One of the prayers in this beautiful Psalm is for God to show His favor and to bless his people. I don’t believe there is necessarily any spiritualizing necessary to properly interpret this request. The prayer is for an abundance of wealth to be poured out on God’s people, but blessing would also include health, relational, spiritual, and more. This prayer is for God’s people to be blessed in every way! This is a wonderful prayer. But often people read this Psalm and stop at verse 1. This is a mistake!
The prayer is for God to bless His people so that those on earth will know what God is like. That is, everything we are blessed with is a means to make God famous- NOT for our own glorification! God does not smile on us to make our name great! Rather, everything we have is a tool to direct people’s attention to Him. We should all be careful to examine how we are managing our wealth. Biblical stewardship is simply recognizing that we don’t own anything and that we will be held accountable for how we manage the resources God has entrusted to us.
When we examine our wealth, can we see a pattern of self-glorification and pride because of what we have? Have we taken opportunities to share with others about the Giver of our resources? And finally, what are we doing with the resources we have been given?
When God smiles on His people, it is so that people from the outside of His community will be able to look inside and ask, “How can I serve a God who blesses his people like that?”