Psalm 29:2 tells people to, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.”
Worship, what is it, why and how do people worship God? Those are questions that some people don’t ever ask their entire life yet scripture says that humans were created to worship God. That statement might set you back a bit and you might be thinking; “I don’t worship anything or anyone.” While that might be true in the sense that you don’t go to church or practice any particular faith, it is not true in the sense that whatever the master passion of your life is – that is what you are worshiping.
One definition of Worship is; “Respect, admiration or devotion to an object of esteem.” In other words whatever the top priority of your life is – that is what you worship. During the days of Israel the Psalmist wrote of the foolishness of worshiping things.
Psalm 115:1-8 “Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. But their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot smell; they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but they cannot walk; nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.”
When the nations around Israel worshiped all kinds of things that Psalm reminds us that when people may mock God and his existence he is right there in heaven and he is sovereign over everything.
Anything or anyone that is worshiped before God is only a dumb idol. They may look like a human, they might look like a dollar bill, they could resemble a bottle of scotch, or a beautiful woman’s body, no matter what it is if that’s your master passion, it’s dead. But God is alive and that is evidenced in the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.
The Psalmist says, that those who make idols will be like what they worship. Today few people bow down before a statue thinking that is God. But many bow before things that consume their lives and make them like what they are consumed by. The Psalmist’s statement is still true, “those who make idols will be like what they worship.”
So what if you worship Jesus Christ? What will you be like? The Bible says he was humble, obedient to the Father and gives grace to those who follow him. Scripture describes God as compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love. Do you suppose if the object of your worship is God you would become more like that? Because you were created to worship, fulfillment in life comes when you worship rightly.
Pastor Rich Lammay of High Sierra Fellowship is a member of Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.