Positioned gracefully across the Book of Psalms is a string of seventy-one pearls, lovely beads of wisdom followed by the admonition SELAH which means, “Pause, think on these things, meditate.”
Psalm 49:12-13 “But man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beasts that perish. This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. Selah.”
Isn’t it easy, and oh-so-tempting, to buy into the world’s thinking that it’s all about us and it’s all about now. “He who has the most toys wins.” We’re intrigued by “self-made” people who seem to rise above their circumstances and become powerful icons and gurus of their day. They appear invincible, almost immortal.
And yet, weekly in Time and other news magazines we read of their deaths. In a short while, they’ll be mostly forgotten . . . like the beasts that perish. Similarly, those who sought them out, fawned over them, paid them tribute, will return to ashes.
Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” But the truth is, it’s over pretty quickly, and then it’s too late. This pearl presents us with a megadose of reality.
Look up: Psalm 52:7; Hebrews 9:27