Letting Go of Idols (Through the Psalms)


I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.” ^Psalm 16:1 (Click to read entire Psalm)

When someone truly encounters God, God takes over. The love of God overwhelms the individual from the inside out. God’s presence dominates the entire being of the person. Mind, body, soul and spirit are impacted by the majestic presence of the Almighty God. 

This is why David says, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” David is stating that God is his King and master. This implies that God as his King is the one who is Lord and ruler over his life. David confesses because God is King, every blessing and good thing in his life, is a derivative of God’s faithfulness towards him. 

But how can we like David experience God’s prevailing presence in our lives?

We must reject all other gods and idols that rival our affections. David says in v. 4, “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.” 

David is talking about people who run after other gods and idols and pour out their offerings to these gods. By saying, "I will not pour out or take their name on my lips", David is stating that his allegiance is with Yahweh the God of Israel! In the same way, we must not pursue the idols of our culture that promise things only God can provide. The fame, the status, the value and the worth can only be found in the Lord. When we like David denounce all other idols we will experience the reign of Christ in our lives. 

What are some idols that you see that are competing with your affections toward God?

William ChungComment