The False God’s Reward | 2 Samuel 22:32
2 Samuel 22:32 For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?
When we place our trust and confidence in people, sooner or later we will be left alone and disillusioned. When we seek satisfaction in stuff, our heart will crash like a person coming down from a heroin high. When we worship money, we run after a god who never quite quenches our thirst. False gods always leave us alone and afraid.
As Alexis de Tocqueville recorded his famous observations on America in the 1830s, he wrote of a “strange melancholy that haunts the inhabitants . . . in the midst of abundance.” Americans believed, and still believe, that prosperity brings happiness but, as de Tocqueville noted, “the incomplete joys of this world will never satisfy [the human] heart.” (Tim Keller, Counterfeit Gods).
David reminds us in today’s passage that there is no God besides the LORD! There is no steady and secure refuge except the Rock! He alone is the remedy for the “strange melancholy” that infects our natural heart. He alone fills our fearful heart with courage.
Father, show us where our fear is a “reward” for the false gods we chase. Help us turn from the gods that leave us alone and afraid and run to you - the Rock. In Jesus’ name. Amen.