A Season of Psalms - Psalm 16: 2, 4, 8
“I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you…The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips…I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
The company that produces Arm & Hammer baking soda pretty much has a monopoly on the product. When most people think of baking soda, they think of the Arm & Hammer brand because they’ve cornered the market on baking soda. There’s just not a whole lot of competition, if there’s any competition at all. So Arm & Hammer stands alone as the undisputed “king of baking soda.”
In the same way, God wants to corner the market in terms of the amount of our affection and praise. He wants to have the monopoly. Even though there are a lot of idols that could compete with God for a share of the market, God does not want to share us with the competition. That’s why David says in verse 8, “I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” Peter quotes these same verses (8-11) in Acts 2 when referring to the resurrection of Jesus, our undisputed conquering King.
John Calvin once said, “Our hearts are idol-making factories.” The propensity of the human heart is to turn to the next thing that can bring peace and happiness, but here’s what I know about idols: they never fail to fail. Nothing can satisfy like Jesus! When we feel our heart being pulled away, let’s do what the author of Hebrews suggests: let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith! When we look to Him, we won’t be disappointed. He never fails!
Further Reading: Acts 2:14-36; Hebrews 12:1-3
Pray with me:
Lord Jesus, we look to You today to be our Source of strength. We turn our eyes upon You, looking full in Your wonderful face. And the things of earth grow strangely dim, in the light of Your glory and grace. This is our prayer, in Jesus’ name, Amen.