We are blessed to be a blessing. We find this idea underlined in Psalm 49. For those of us with a poverty mindset, our thoughts will automatically apply this scripture to wealthy non-Christians. We don’t see ourselves as growing rich, and we would likely be “awed” if it happened. Let’s read.
Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases; for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him….A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish (Psalm 49:16-17, 20).
While this is certainly true for non-Christians, if it is a biblical truth, it should apply to all people, including Christians. We should expect God to bless us financially, but we must understand why He is blessing us. It is for His kingdom. It is to use! Unlike the rich man in Jesus’ parable, King David knew the purpose of his abundance. He was experiencing an abundant level of provision from the Lord, but he knew it was not just for him.
After David was settled in his palace, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent” (1 Chronicles 17:1).
David knew there was something that wasn’t right about this situation. He found that he was provided for, but God’s work was not. He saw his personal house was prosperous, but the Lord’s house was desolate. He knew inherently in his heart that this was not acceptable. He knew there was a reason for his prosperity.