A Meditation: On Psalm 44:20-21 // Is Your Heart Worshiping A Strange God //

by Matheus Yuhlung

“If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart” – Psalm 44:20-21

Why would God need to search if we were worshiping strange gods? It can only imply that, it is because such worship is done in secrecy. I’d like to go a little further ahead and say not just in secrecy but maybe subconsciously too. The heard is a wicked thing; we might not even know when it has started to worship a strange god.

The definition of gods has changed in the Christian parlance ever since the Biblical times. It is very obvious that a devoted Christian would never bow down in a temple or a masjid. So what can be these gods? – it’s the obsession and addictions of the heart and flesh. Are you obsessed with a singer, movie star or an artist? Are you addicted to synthetic food or soft drinks or alcohol or even cigarettes?

It might have sounded funny or even immature from the puny nature of the examples that I’ve chosen. But the truth is everything or anything that replaces your centre of attention where Christ needs to reign can be considered a strange god of the Biblical times.