1Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.
2Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
3Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
4Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
(Psalm 141:1-4, King James Version)
Dainties of the Wicked
As David cried out to God for help in Psalm 141, it is interesting to note that he specifically asked God to help him to not eat of the dainties of the wicked. Centuries later we, as believers, must implore God for the same thing! How tempting it is to eat of the bread of this age, entangling ourselves in the gods of this age. Even as Christians, we find we must fight against the sins of pride, arrogance, and the desire to taste of the riches of this age at the neglect of the far weightier things of God.
How easy it is for us to toil day after day, relentlessly searching for more and more things, and finding ourselves caring more about what our neighbor thinks of us than what God thinks of us, especially in an age when obedience to God's Word is looked at as being uncaring or lacking compassion. Unfortunately, the day is coming when Christians who obey God's Word will be accused of hate crimes. The question is, when that happens, what will our response be? Will we idle back from declaring God's Word, or will we boldly proclaim what God teaches us in His Word?
The day will come when Christians will not be able to just remain silent, but will rather have to make a public profession on one side of the issue or the other. Like Daniel of old, will we remain true to God even at the risk of our own lives? Do we truly believe God's Word is the only rule for faith and practice, or are we willing to change bits and pieces of its content to make it more acceptable in our day of laxity?
David began this Psalm by crying out to God to hurry and come to his aid; because of his faithfulness to God, he had every right to assume that God would answer that prayer. Yet, if we, as professing Christians pander to the whims of this world, do we have the right to demand that God come to our aid when we, like David, are in trouble?
Amazingly, our God is full of compassion, long suffering, and tender in His mercies toward His children. Though we may fail Him again and again, when we come to Him, fully repentant, with a desire to faithfully serve Him, He does answer our prayers. What an amazing God we serve!
Let us, like David, turn our hearts, our souls, and our entire beings to God, seeking His help. As we turn away from the things of this world, may we understand that our only help is from God. He alone can save us, He alone can keep us, and He alone will safely bring us into His kingdom! Oh, the dainties of the wicked are truly enticing, but nothing compares to the glories of the kingdom of Christ!
God Bless You,