Let’s imagine turning on the TV, internet, or radio and there would be a global announcement. A leader would talk to every person on the planet. Would you pay attention? Would you think it necessary to listen if every channel, every website was carrying it? It sounds a little scary, a little ominous, for an announcement to be so important that it would be made to everyone.
But Psalm 49 is an announcement to ALL people. It is written to ALL who live in the world. Maybe we should pay attention.
This is how it begins: “Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world, both low and high, rich and poor alike: My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding. I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will expound my riddle: Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me— those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?” Psalm 49:1-6
The writer of the psalm is telling the world that riches and wealth are not a reason to fear someone. It is true that people with wealth usually exhibit power, but there is no real power in money. Our trust needs to be in the One who has the real power. That is God.
Lord, You are the real authority in this entire universe. Help me to follow Your leading every day of my life.