Monday, August 12, 2013
For the people who once owned and lived in this palace, this exquisite room was a hallway they passed through going to and from their bedrooms to other rooms of the house (though I'd hardly call it a mere "house"). Louis XIV, who created the room, called himself the Sun King and he considered himself to be "all that" and more. He died over 300 years ago. I wonder what he is thinking today? I will let Psalm 49 answer that question:
"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. Though while he lived he counted himself blessed - and men praise you when you prosper - he will join the generation of his fathers, who will never see the light of life. A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish."
Proverbs has some things to say about riches as well: "Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife," 17:1 and "Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil" 15:16.
The wisdom of the Proverbs is surely shown in 30:8, where it is stated, "...give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread." And I might add, we should always, "Praise God from all blessings flow."