Do you believe that consuming alcoholic beverages is sinful or unwise? Have you ever read Psalm 104:14-15? Take a gander:
He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the service of man,
That he may bring forth food from the earth,
And wine that makes glad the heart of man,
Oil to make his face shine,
And bread which strengthens man's heart.
The Psalmist states that God causes vegetation to grow so that we may bring forth wine, which makes our hearts glad.
Let’s summarize this:
- God causes grapes to grow.
- God wants us to turn these grapes into wine.
- God wants us to consume this wine.
- God wants this wine to make our hearts glad.
Not only is it okay to drink wine, but it is okay to feel the effects of wine, so that your heart rejoices.
Not only is it okay to feel the effects of wine, but it is godly to do so.
(By the way, “grape juice” has never made a heart glad. Ever. This is alcohol. If you think otherwise, read this.)
God brings forth grapes, so that we will make wine, so that we will drink wine, so that our hearts will be glad, so that we will give thanks to God.
When we drink wine until our hearts are merry, we glorify God because we use his good gifts according to the purpose for which he created them.
(Of course, there is a difference between drunkenness and glad hearts. Drunkenness is sin, but glad hearts are not. But, this Psalm is not about drunkenness.)
Some are horrified at the thought of feeling the effects of wine in any way.
But, God is not horrified by this.
God is horrified when we reject his good gifts.
God is horrified when we when call good evil.
God is horrified when we try to be “holier” than he is.
God is horrified when we try to be “wiser” than he is.
Legalism is just as dangerous as licentiousness.
So, repent by opening up a bottle of good wine. Enjoy the aroma – hopefully a flutter of nutty Edam cheese.
Take a sip and enjoy! As long as it’s not Merlot!
If you think drinking wine is sinful or even unwise, I ask you, what about Psalm 104:14-15?