Clap your hands, all you peoples;
shout to God with loud songs of joy.
The teacher offers several examples of vanity, the uselessness of all our efforts. For example, our efforts for riches are based on envy, but those riches can't make us happy. Being rich and alone is not as good as being poor and having a friend. After all, when you're in trouble, a friend can be helpful.
Speaking to those of us who consider ourselves religious: Just showing up at worship doesn't cut it.
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:7
In the psalm, the congregation is called to sing praises to the King, and the King is identified as God, the great king over all the earth, God, the king over the nations.
Think about the "all the earth" and "king over the nations" assertions. How hard is it for us to affirm that people who have not formally entered into our community are being cared for by God, even people who live on the other side of the earth?
Oppressing the poor in order to enrich oneself,
and giving to the rich, will lead only to loss.
Prayer for Today: O Lord, our God, guide us into ways of demonstrating your love and care. Direct our attention to the people around us. Show us how to share. Amen.