Preaching God’s Word on Money: Psalm 50:9-12 – God Owns it All
by GenerousChurch | May 14, 2013
Over the next several weeks, we are going to present easy ways for pastors and teachers to explore the Bible on the topics of money and generosity. Although this is not a systematic study, it should give you many executable teaching outlines as well as some video and audio sermons from pastors who are champions for these subjects. If you have sermons that you would like to share, feel free to mention those – along with any appropriate links in the comments section.
9 I will not accept a bull from your house
12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
God Owns it All
It’s hard to pin down a time where I ever really helped God. Like this passage states, God doesn’t need our help. If He is hungry, He does not need to come to us for the solution. He owns the solution; He created the solution.
As a four or five-year-old child, I used to enjoy mowing the lawn with my Dad. He would crank up the loud, heavy, push mower and head into the backyard. I would grab my plastic, sound-generating, toy mower and get in line behind him.
My Dad didn’t need me to help him with the yard. He knew a lot more about yard work than I did. In fact, the only thing that I really knew was that it was easier to walk behind Dad than it was to jump in front of Him. As I walked behind him, I didn’t have to trudge through the tall, unkempt grass. I also didn’t have to fear the loud, heavy mower chasing after me.
For a young boy who admired his father, this was a great experience. I did not have to worry about the final results in the yard. I did not own the yard and no one expected me, as a four-year-old, to act like a professional landscaper. As the son of the homeowner, I was simply the beneficiary of this backyard space.
In those moments where we start to feel pride in our possessions, God often uses passages like Psalm 50 to remind us that we’re just getting to play in His yard. We don’t own any of the possessions around us – not even the toy mowers that we are responsible for maintaining. We are managers of money, possessions, talents and time that God has given us. But, we don’t own any of those things.
My Dad never needed me to help him with the yard. However, he let me join him in his work for a couple of reasons. As I followed my father’s footsteps through the yard, his work provided a point of intimacy for us. Even though the loud mower made talking difficult, we were regularly communicating. I would look to him for nods of approval and smiles of affirmation. He would look to me and make sure that I was always behind him – away from the dangers of the mower.
Beyond that, my Dad’s work in the yard allowed me to imitate him. Much of what I learned about yard maintenance was learned by seeing and remembering the patterns which my Dad used in his work.
In an amazing way, God has adopted us as His children and has invited us to join Him in His work. He doesn’t need us to accomplish the work. He doesn’t need “our” money or “our” resources. He never has to beg us for “our” things. Instead, He entrusts us with a few things that we can call our own and He asks us to use those things for two purposes:
1. Intimacy with Him
2. Opportunities to learn from the patterns of His work
For more ideas on applying this passage, see “5 Financial Myths” from John Baker
For more speaking ideas on this topic, see this outline from Dave Ramsey’s Momentum curriculum.
For a related video, see "God's Pie."
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