Everyone seems to worship someone or something for one reason or another. Early in life we realize that we need help to survive and cannot make it on our own. Initially it is a parent or a parent-substitute that is there to help us. Then, as we get older and become more independent, we begin to realize that there are other sources to meet our needs. We begin to look to them for what they can do for us or perhaps give to us in exchange for our allegiance or respect. We think that they will bring or give us something we need. It’s only natural. In return for a gift, we often worship or praise the giver.
The question is not whether we worship - but what or whom we worship. It can be fame or fortune, power or prestige, a person or a philosophy, someone or something that we believe is greater than ourselves and will bring us peace and happiness, joy and satisfaction. It is someone or something that we believe is superior to us, and we are willing to surrender and submit ourselves to it. But really, it only reveals our lostness and our need for Someone Who is above us, beyond us - yet cares for us.
The Psalmist invites us to, “Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” He wants us to recognize the superiority and sufficiency of God our Creator. Once we acknowledged God as our Creator, we immediately recognize Him as the source of all that we have or ever will have. Worship becomes God-centered and not man or thing centered. Worship results in submitting our lives to God and recognizing His grace and sovereignty as we bow before Him in awe, thanking Him for His gifts.
Prayer: Lord, we join the Psalmist in worship and praise and thank You for Your never-ending gifts. Open our eyes and hearts to see Your generosity. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. Psalm 95:6