“Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.” Psalms 119:36
I think the psalmist is pointing out a problem all of us experience. It’s that old tug o’war in our spirits between the old man and the new man. The old man wants temporal and the new man wants eternal. Whichever one you feed most – wins.
Down in Brazil when you get into a taxi there is a meter sitting on the dashboard. Depending on the time of day and whether or not it is the weekend or a holiday, the number beside the fare price will be a “1” or a “2”. When the little black box has a bright red one “1” that means you are paying the standard fare. But when that red “2” is on, you are paying an inflated price.
The inflated price is expected after hours on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday and holidays. But usually the red “1” should be on when you hail a ride.
Many, many, many, many, (did I say many?) times, I have gotten into a cab and the driver will ask me where I am going and the second he hears my accent he has reached his brown little finger over and changed the “1” to a “2”.
When I first got to Brazil I had one guy tell me that he had to charge me a “bandeira 3” because it was after hours on a holiday. I didn’t know any better and I paid him. I even TIPPED him!
It didn’t take long for my Brazilian friends to teach me that you don’t tip taxi’s in Brazil and the Bandeira 3 charge doesn’t even exist. So now if I find myself in need of a ride, I let dishonest drivers have it when they try to steal from me.
What makes someone want something they haven’t earned or deserve? What makes someone want to gain something that isn’t rightfully theirs? Covetousness.
That sin of wanting more, more, more is trying to fill the temporal appetite that will never truly be satisfied.
The idea behind this verse is that we ought to seek after something that will really help, really fortify, really fulfill our spiritual, eternal needs.
And honestly I think this is something we all have to get into check daily. We think we don’t covet, but why are we househunting when we don’t need a house? Why are we perusing Sephora when we haven’t even tithed? Why are we seeking another beach day, another Disney day, another family day, another (fill in the blank)? We aren’t satisfied.
If we will pray in the morning and ask God to incline our hearts towards Him and His Word, we will be less likely to be hunting something to feed to the flesh. It isn’t very complicated.
Let’s dwell in Him long enough in the morning that He becomes ALL we need.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,