Incline 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 141:4
The other morning, I read this verse in my study of Psalms. I thought it was a superb metaphor – eating treats compared with “indulging” in a sin. However, it wasn’t until later that the verse’s application to my current situation occurred to me.
Recently, I’ve been in a circumstance that I don’t particularly like because of a person I don’t particularly like. In this situation, the other person is in the wrong. But there’s a difference between telling someone about the circumstances so that they can help, and just whining to myself about how terrible it is.
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. – James 3:14-16
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends. – Proverbs 17:9
I’ve felt myself doing that more than once without consciously wanting to. A list begins to form in my brain with all the bad things about this person, which doesn’t help anything whatsoever. It just makes me more upset. I don’t want to become bitter towards this person, I want to resolve the situation; therefore, constantly mulling over stuff that makes me mad is not right.
That’s where this verse comes in, especially the last phrase. I don’t want to keep working myself up over this, even thought it may feel good at the time. I don’t want to eat those “dainties.” They will end up giving me indigestion.
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. – Ephesians 4:26-27
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-5, KJV
What “dainties” are you tempted by?
Do you find yourself building up anger?