Like Bugs Toward The Zapper
A Few Thoughts From Psalm 107:17-22
Recently I purchased a bug zapper.
I must be especially sweet because the mosquitos seem to really savor my flavor.
I watched and wondered what went on in their minds as they kept flying like little kamikaze into the light. Did they not see their fellows’ fate as they flew first into the filament?
(How about all that fine use of the letter “f”? I have that alliteration attitude again.)
Did they see it and say, “but it won’t happen to me, I’m different!” Were the little blood suckers just curious to know how the shock feels? Perhaps they even understood that this flight would end their little life but felt so compelled by their insect instinct that they just couldn't resist. The only thing that I know is they are faithful to their foolishness.
So, what do these bugs have to do with today’s psalm?
Have you ever studied the silliness of sin? Sin always hurts the sinner, usually the damage is done slowly but sometimes it is sudden. Whether the path taken is a scenic stroll or a fast and furious ride, the Bible tells us that the destination is always the same; emptiness, pain and suffering.
Chasing sin is foolish and yet we are all drawn to it like bugs to the zapper.
This is the principle found in the first verse of today’s Psalm.
Psalm 107:17 Fools because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
The Psalmist shows the self-destructive behavior of those who reject the Lord’s ways, despite the evidence they keep pursuing sin. Unfortunately, since the fall of Adam, there is within all of fallen humanity a natural bent toward sin.
Psalm 107:18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; And they draw near unto the gates of death.
There is a repulsion to right and a draw toward sin and death that is part of our inherent nature.
There is hope.
Psalm 107:19 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, And he saveth them out of their distresses.
God hears the prayer of those who have followed the foolish path of sin. He will save all who call upon him.
Psalm 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.
He is faithful and will transform the heart of the repentant sinner. He will give an inner compulsion toward life and he accomplishes it when he sends his Word. There is life changing power in the Word of God!
Psalm 107:21–22 21Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, And for his wonderful works to the children of men! 22And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and declare his works with rejoicing.
If the Lord has saved you from foolishness, if he has delivered you from self-destructive behavior then certainly, he is worthy of your praise and service.
The Psalmist cries out, "Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
If you aren't yet saved then you have hope, call upon him and be transformed.
Don't be like bugs flying toward the zapper!