Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips. Psalm 16:4
King David knew the uselessness of seeking meaning, security, and identity in anything other than the Lord God. We too know that the Lord is our strength and our salvation and in him alone is found our true meaning and value. Unfortunately, at some point or another, we have all failed to remember this.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan performs a clever skit about guilty pleasures that he simply labels “McDonalds.” Whether we delight too much in a certain TV show or become enveloped in celebrity gossip or go for our favorite café latte umpteen times a week, “it’s all McDonalds.” It’s all stuff that feels good going in but leaves us empty and dissatisfied.
David understood this. He knew that false gods only bring about suffering. Money and alcohol and Netflix will never be enough to satisfy our souls and give our life true meaning, identity, and security. Only Jesus can do that. He has done it, when he defeated sin, death, and the devil on the cross. When you need something, go to Jesus. He’ll never let you down.