A Poor Return on Investment
If you have money in the stock market right now you are doing pretty well. The markets are setting all time records and many people are getting an excellent return on their investment. However, there is the possibility that financial markets can turn south because of instability, war, etc… Psalm 49 is a psalm that warns the reader of putting too much “stock” in the wealth and position of this world. The psalm reminds us of the fleeting value of riches. The closing paragraph sums it up pretty well: Do not be afraid when one becomes rich, When the glory of his house is increased; 17 For when he dies he shall carry nothing away; His glory shall not descend after him. 18 Though while he lives he blesses himself (For men will praise you when you do well for yourself), 19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; They shall never see light. 20 A man who is in honor, yet does not understand, Is like the beasts that perish.
A life spent accumulating wealth and power on earth is a life that ultimately has a very poor return on investment. Life on earth is just a brief moment, like a stock that rises meteorically for one day but then tumbles down to be worthless. That last phrase, “A man who is in honor, yet does not understand, is like the beasts that perish” is pretty much straight to the point. If you want a good return on your investment, invest your life into the things of God. Pursue God and righteousness; not the things of this world. When thinking about our need for earthly things, we are told in the gospel of Matthew to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” That sounds like good advice. I hope you will follow it.