“I hate those who cling to worthless idols; as for me, I trust in the Lord. I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. You have not given me into the hands of the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place. Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief. My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.” Psalm 31:6-10

Wow, David is pretty strong in his words here about those who cling to worthless idols.

So, what exactly is an idol?

Merriam Webster defines it as an object of extreme devotion, a false god. When we hear the word, we may have an image in our minds of a statue or carving. We may think of something that’s used in a foreign country for religious practices. And certainly, those are idols, but as I read this I know I need to examine my own heart. Is there something I’ve put in place of my commitment to God? Do I have any idols? Is there anything that I am more faithful to than Him?

I want my heart totally devoted to Jesus. I want nothing to take His place in my life. I want to join David in saying, “I trust in the Lord.”

David’s life was not easy. He experienced conflicts, battles, enemies, but he knew where he could put his trust. Even in the midst of strife and anguish he called out to God.

So should we.

Lord Jesus, I ask you to shine the light of Your Spirit in my heart. Do I have anything or anyone that I’ve put before You? If so please forgive me and help me to always keep You first in my life.

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