Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.
Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.
Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.
Psalms 62:8-12

It makes no difference what degree a man may obtain, he is still unworthy of confidence:


Man is an empty creature, utterly incapable of rescuing anyone in the hour of their greatest need. They may be of some comfort in the ordinary, light trials, but when in life’s deepest and most painful experiences, they are powerless to offer any help.


The Psalmist reminds us that men of high degree will lie. Men that are exalted are not to be the objects of our trust. The best of men are inconsistent and powerless. When they are tested they will be found feeble or false, or both. Regardless of their claims or their intentions, men are still but men, sinners, mortal, weak, subject to sickness and death, and exposed to pain and terror.

Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
Jeremiah 17:5

The Psalmist warns us not to think we can find safety and strength by oppressing others. The victories of great men can suddenly be reversed. The strong arm of the tyrant can be quickly broken. History has recorded many times when the oppressed have risen up to crush the oppressor. Those that attempt to strengthen themselves by wickedness will soon discover that they have made a serious error in judgment.

Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
Psalms 52:7

“and become not vain in robbery” – There are far too many that claim to be Christians, yet they are trusting in their wealth, that which has been obtained unrighteously. These are those that have made their fortunes by cheating others. The Bible teaches that treasures of wickedness profit nothing.

“if riches increase, set not your heart upon them” – The word “increase” is used here as the opposite of “Robbery.” It means that which was obtained righteously. Even that wealth becomes wicked when it is the object of our trust. The person that places their trust in any of the above will be doomed to disappointment, misery and ruin.

Posted on 6 Jul 2008, 17:49 - Category: Psalms Daily Devotional
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