The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
and established it on the waters.
Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.
They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
lift them up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is he, this King of glory?
The Lord Almighty—
he is the King of glory.
Psalm 24 in it’s entirety. God is magnificent and worthy to be praised. He created the world with His words. He spoke and it was. As you look around the earth you see the glory and splendor of God. How awesome are His works. How glorious are His deeds. How beautiful is His heart. How excellent is His creativity.
He created mankind in His image, formed Adam from the dust and breathed His life into Him. We are unlike all other animals because we have God’s breath in us. God formed Eve out of the side of Adam.
God gave all creation natural order and beauty.
God knows and calls all the stars by name. There are approximately a septillion stars… “And so, if you multiply the number of stars in our galaxy by the number of galaxies in the Universe, you get approximately 10^24 stars. That’s a 1 followed by twenty-four zeros,”~universetoday.com.
We can’t recall probably a thousand or ten thousand names. God can recall them all!
God knows every hair on our heads and has collected every tear in a bottle.
How awesome is our God? He’s beyond awesome.
There’s nowhere we can go that’s hidden from His Presence. There’s nothing more powerful than His love. There’s no one who stands above Him. He is great, powerful, good, holy, awesome, and amazing.
This is the God we worship. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The God who led the Israelites out of captivity. The God who performed many miraculous signs and wonders to free His people. The God who fed the multitudes manna from heaven. The God who spoke to Moses through a burning bush. The God who overshadowed a virgin to conceive His Son. The God who raised Jesus and Lazarus from the dead.
Everything and everyone else pales in comparison. In order to be fully free of idols, we must glorify the only One worthy of worship. It is God alone that we worship. Nothing and no one created is worthy of worship.
Only God can save.
Only the power of God can heal and deliver.
Only the love of God can radically transform a life; give people true, unshakable identity and a completely new nature.
Only God can hold the world together and cease to fail.
So I ask, who and what will you worship?
The church can’t save people. Spouses and friends can’t make another person whole. Money can’t purchase lasting joy. Ministry cannot provide sustaining life. Politicians, pastors, and mere men/women can’t save anyone and deliver the world from all evil. Earthly pleasures cannot replace the goodness and pleasure of God.
Since the beginning of time, the war has been over worship. For we become like the object of our affections. Lucifer wanted the worship given to God. It got him thrown out of heaven. We were made in God’s image to worship Him. As we worship Him, we become more and more like Him.
What’s stealing your worship? What do you love or want more than God? Whatever it is, it leads to destruction. Idols don’t give life; they take it.
Father whatever we worship other than you, may it be laid at your feet. You alone are worthy of worship, adoration, and pure devotion. You are good and your steadfast love endures forever. Thank you for loving us. Please forgive us for the sin of idolatry. Help us to glorify you in all things. In Jesus powerful name, amen.