I cry to You, Lord; I say, “You are my shelter, my portion in the land of the living.” Listen to my cry, for I am very weak. Rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. Free me from prison so that I can praise Your name. The righteous will gather around me because You deal generously with me (Psalm 142 vv. 5-7).
Contemporary Christians are suffering from spiritual anorexia. Ignoring the Lord’s bountiful feast spread out in his Word, were literally starving ourselves to death! And instead of being strong and robust in the faith, were weaklings, cowering in the face of real conflict and adversity. Like David, we look at the opposition and say, “They are too strong for me!” (v. 6).
How is it that a beautiful and gifted young woman like Karen Carpenter could literally starve herself to death? How could this skinny person look at herself in the mirror and think, I’m too fat? Why did she try to control her life through diet and exercise instead of turning to the Lord for answers to her problems? Psychology may provide some insights regarding the dynamics of this disease, but God’s Word penetrates the mysteries of human existence and provides final resolution in Jesus Christ.
David did have the good sense to turn to the Lord. His consuming desire was to be able to praise the Lord and thus present a strong witness to other believers.
We don’t have to fear the strength of our “enemies”—pride, out-of-control ambition, destructive use of sexuality, craving for status and things. The Lord has given us every resource needed to grow healthy, to build up our sin-immune system. We need to move from milk to meat! Everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced with the message about righteousness, because he is an infant.
But solid food is for the mature—for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between good and evil” (Heb, 5:13-14).
As we continue to eat heartily from God’s Word, well be filled with his goodness and Spirit. Seeing the change, the righteous will “gather about” in open-mouthed wonder and praise to God!
O Lord, when there is so much rich food available for our spirits, why do we starve ourselves? Lead me to the banquet table and let me feast on your Word so my brothers and sisters in Christ may be fed and encouraged.