The reverent love and devotion accorded a deity, an idol, or a sacred object.
The ceremonies, prayers, or other religious forms by which this love is expressed.
Ardent devotion; adoration.
To honor and love as a deity.
To regard with ardent or adoring esteem or devotion.
To participate in religious rites of worship.
Jesus told him, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind,~Matthew 22:37.
We were made to worship and we all worship something!
We will become like the one we worship,~Bill Johnson.
The Gods we worship write their names on our faces; be sure of that. And a man will worship something … That which dominates will determine his life and character. Therefore it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming,~Ralph Waldo Emerson.
I’m quite passionate about worship. I’m passionate about worshipping God, giving Him honor, love, praise, thanks, devotion, and all of my life. It sounds overboard, but He’s everything. I’m often consumed with thoughts of Him. It hasn’t always been that way and though I love Him, there are still some days I’m lost in my own thoughts or zoned out from fatigue.
This new series on worship will hopefully draw us both into deeper intimacy with God! There’s always more with God.
Worship is so important. It’s so important it was coveted by Lucifer and he’s spent his days trying to divert worship away from God. If he cannot get people to worship him directly, he attempts to lure people to worship themselves or created things. We live in a world where beauty, youth, sex, fitness, relationships, entertainment, social media, status, money, music, food, family, wealth, celebrities, fame, children, even pastors, churches, and ministry are worshipped over God.
Social media is a good place to see the idols of our day. The things we talk about, gravitate towards,…show what we deem worthy of our time, devotion, and praise.
The problem with worshipping created things is that it’s idolatry. It’s caused all kinds of problems for people. It angered God with the Israelites and many others we can learn from in the Bible.
Oh those pesky idols…
Our idols cannot save us. They enslave us. Only the worship of God frees us.
The worship of money makes us greedy.
The worship of food makes us glutenous and often obese.
The worship of fitness, youth, and beauty makes us vain.
The worship of pleasure and comfort makes us addicts.
The worship of people makes us slaves to their opinions.
The worship of self makes us selfish.
All our “gods” do is provide empty cisterns that never fulfill us. They keep us coming back for more and more and we are never satisfied. Idols keep us in a cycle of perpetual discontentment.
I know something has taken the wrong place in my heart when I can say to God, “I will be happy when…” Fill in the blank. It’s great to ask God for things, yet when things become the source of contentment, there’s a problem. One of the idols I constantly have to cast down is comfort. I don’t like suffering. I feel as though in my short time on earth, I’ve endured my share. When being comfortable becomes more important than honoring God, I’ve placed comfort above Him. He frequently draws me out of comfort into unsure waters. It’s not fun, but He is Lord. He’s number one, above me. He also empowers whatever He calls me to do.
Lastly, this series isn’t intended to bring condemnation, but to hopefully reveal the joy in worshipping God. Theres no condemnation for those who are in Christ.
There’s great blessing in worshipping Him. He’s worthy! I hope you stay tuned as we investigate God’s worth.
Father, we live in a world full of distractions and temptations to worship something or someone other than You. Please help us to worship You in Spirit and in truth. Deepen our awareness of Your love and the beauty of Your presence. Amen.