As I pray through our psalm for this week, the 112th, I notice how much financial integrity and generosity flow from the life of the one who fears the Lord.
Such a person knows how to live within his means. That’s how you build wealth and riches (v.3). He knows where his money is going, where’s he’s spent too much or too little. He may not have as much money as the guy next door, but his righteousness protects him from over-extending himself and encourages him to leave a permanent legacy of financial smarts.
The man who fears the Lord is generous. And he lends (v.5), an obvious nod to the fact that it’s not always wicked to borrow. How could a righteous man encourage unrighteousness in somebody else? He also gives, freely (v.9).
This is the fruit of his money management. He has more to give away. He has resources to help those who are flailing as a result of poor choices or lack of foresight or the hot grounders of life. Nobody can always be prepared for everything. We need each other, in different ways at different times. I thank God in particular for parents who have helped us out of the chaos of some of our youthful indiscretions, both Noel’s parents and mine. Now we find ourselves helping our kids. And now there are grandkids. What help will they need?
If you want to leave a legacy of financial integrity and generosity in your offspring (v.2), then you gotta start now. You may not have had the advantage of parents who were righteous with their money, and now you find yourself in a deep hole. That’s OK. You can start now, with the help of God, to reverse the cacophony of consumer debt and lay a better future for your children, all things being equal.
Our church can help. Please be in prayer for Brad Gomer as he teaches the class on a biblical view of finances starting this coming Sunday. As I pray through our psalm this week, that ministry is heavy on my heart.