Worship is as important to the believer as oxygen is to life. We know that without oxygen we could not live. In fact, if a person goes too long without oxygen, it causes serious damage. After one minute without oxygen, brain cells begin to die; after three minutes serious brain damage is likely, and after ten minutes brain cells have died. After fifteen minutes without oxygen, a person’s recovery is virtually impossible.
If we use that information and compare it to believers worshiping God, we see an amazing similarity. It is possible for the believer to go without worshiping God for hours or days. We’ve all done that. But the longer we refrain from worshiping God, the more likely we are to die spiritually.
Psalm 138 is a Psalm of Thanksgiving and Worship. In the seventh verse, David reminds us of the importance of worshiping God: “Though I am surrounded in the midst of trouble, You preserve my life; You stretch out Your hand against the anger of my foes, with Your right hand You protect me.”
What we pledge our lives to, or whom we deeply and reverently love, is what or whom we worship. It can be God or a person, place or thing. Whatever or whoever is at the center of our lives becomes that which we worship. It’s logical to David that the one who protects and preserves us is the one we are to worship. So, the danger we face is that all too often we look at what God has given us as our god and replace Him with things, and then die spiritually.
Prayer: May we realize, Father, that we can easily become dependent on the gifts You give us instead of You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 138:7 Though I am surrounded in the midst of trouble, You preserve my life; You stretch out Your hand against the anger of my foes, with Your right hand You protect me.