The phrase “You can’t have your cake and eat it too” means that you have to make a choice. You can either enjoy the cake by eating it or sit there and look at it, but you can’t have both. Most cakes were beautiful decorations when this phrase came about. Some Christians want to have their cake and eat it too. They want to worship the Lord but avoid any criticism that comes from following Jesus. Which will you choose?
“For zeal for Your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.”
It’s All You Think About
The Psalmist tells the Lord that his desire to worship has consumed him. He uses the word zeal, which means “to become excited or even heated.” Another way to describe it is that it is all you think about. The Psalmist wanted to be in the house of the Lord, and it was all he could think about. He also realizes that because of that zeal, the attacks launched against the Lord are now falling on him. There is a cost in worshipping the Lord.
It is said that most people worship their work, work at their play, and play at their worship. They don’t know what it’s like to suffer the attacks and arguments that come at those who worship the Lord because they don’t take it seriously, but for those who have zeal in their heart to worship, they often suffer the attacks of those who oppose Christ. People want to go to church and get all of the benefits without sacrificing anything in the process.
Which Will You Choose?
True worship starts with a heart full of zeal and is willing to endure any attacks to enter the presence of the Lord. They don’t care what people think or say about them because they know that rendering their heart to Jesus is worth more than any temporary discomfort from those who oppose Christ. They want to be in the house of the Lord more than anything else. Which will you choose?