A profound truth for us in today’s Psalms about chasing false gods:
Psa 16:4 The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied; I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood, Nor will I take their names upon my lips.
The Psalm says I will not have anything to do with people who indulge in idolatry, which is a big no-no…in fact, it is one of the Ten Commandments; think Thou Shalt Not Worship false gods.
So the righteous person, the author of this Psalm forbids associating with people who worship something other than the one true God.
Moreover, today’s Word says the sorrows of those who barter for another god will be multiplied…meaning that those who worship idols are headed for some serious bad times.
When we hear the word idolatry or false gods, we tend to think of that as the golden calf or some kind of sorcery, but actually it is just something that consumes our affections more than our love for God. In today’s culture, it could be something that we love more than God and draws our attentions away from worshipping God. For instance, if we decide to stay home from church and watch NFL because the game is on at the same time the service is, that is idolatry, because our love for football supersedes our love for God.
While we reviewed today that one of the ten commandments is not to worship false gods, this also reminds us of the greatest commandment of all which Jesus reveals to us:
Mat 22:37 And He said to him, ” ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’
We should always strive to make God the center of all of our affections.