The fall in the garden gave mankind a concussion. It made us fuzzy headed. It altered our thinking. We are born with the wrong mindset. There are certain things that we tend to believe that are not true. Most people believe that money can fix anything; even our wayward Federal Government succumbs to this lie. We believe that money and power makes some individual better than others: we see people has very important or unimportant. As a result we have a tendency to put our trust in people. God does not see people the way we see them. He does not see important or unimportant. Note David’s observation in verse 9, Common people are as worthless as a puff of wind, and the powerful are not what they appear to be. If you weigh them on the scales, together they are lighter than a breath of air. Both common and powerful people are the same, both are no more than breath on the scales. How much does breath weigh? Poor or wealthy, makes no difference to God: both weigh the same on His scales.
David, like the rest of us, learned the hard way but at least he learned. Over the years he learned to trust no one except God. Four times in Psalm 62, David says, God alone is my rock and my salvation. David had learned who to trust and who not to trust: on the list of those to trust was God, no one else. David trusted God alone for his salvation. In most cases, our parents are the first people we learn to trust but when it comes to salvation, we trust in Christ and Christ alone. I had good parents but they could do nothing about my sin and they certainly could not secure my salvation. As the song says, “In Christ Alone, I Put My Trust.” Of course the tendency of the world is to trust in wealth but wealth will let you down. We also have a tendency to trust in ourselves and our work ethic. I came out of Seminary believing that if I worked hard enough and long enough, God had to bless. It is the law of the harvest, we reap what we sow, right. I found out quickly that God felt no obligation to bless my work. What if He had given me success for my effort; who would I have credited? I would have boasted vainly about how God blessed my work but He chose not to and for good reason. He wanted to show me that no matter how much time, money and effort I put into my work that without Him it would amount to nothing: It would weigh no more than breath or wind.
I love my LIFE CHANGING BIBLE STUDY CLASS and last Sunday John Wydner raised a very interesting point. Peter thought he was an exception, that he loved Jesus more than the other eleven. He found out the hard way that he was no exception because he turned chicken under the pressure of Jesus arrest and crucifixion as did all the disciples. John’s point was: Peter and the others must have felt bad about forsaking Jesus in His hour of need but in God’s providence, His will was done because Jesus died alone. There were three crosses, two thieves and Jesus. No one is going to be tempted to give the thieves any glory. What if there had been five: the two thieves, Peter, John and Jesus. Would we not have the tendency to give Peter and John part of the glory? The way it came down, no man could glory other than CHRIST which is exactly as it should be. What did David say about all of us: what do we weigh on the scale of importance? We weigh nothing, all of us. Peter, Jame, John, Jack, Joe David, Michael, (your name here), we all weigh the same. We are not to worship Peter and John or any other so-called important person, they are just like us. We all weigh the same. We are not to put our trust in other humans or in what they have: our trust is to be in Christ alone. He is our one and only hope of Salvation.
WATCH AND WORSHIP
- THE GATHERING TONIGHT AT 6:30.
- The GUATEMALA TEAM leaves early in the morning.
- We have a lot to be thankful for: I think everyone got a rain on Monday evening. I noticed water flowing in No Business Creek yesterday. That rarely happens in July. We also praise God for Seth getting home safe and sound.