[This post is part of the Experiencing Remarkable Worship devotional series]
Christian or not, everybody worships. History has been filled with different images or various forms such as mountains, trees, the sun, cows, crocodiles, bulls, blocks of stone, and more being worshipped. Today, there are numerous people worshipping what they believe to be a god, but are left still unfulfilled.
But if we are going to experience remarkable worship, we need to start with asking who the Bible instructs us to worship. Bear with me for a moment, even though this seems basic, because at times we have a counterfeit image of reality. First, I’m going to let the Bible speak for itself to establish a foundation.
Who are we instructed to worship?
- For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. Psalm 96:4 ESV
- Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 ESV
- Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” Matthew 4:8-10 ESV
- And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Matthew 28:9 NASB
- And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: Luke 24:52 ESV
- Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9 – 11 ESV
Who do we actually worship?
When we worship God we are completely fulfilled, but when we worship idols we are left empty. [TWEET THIS]
The idols of our lives are disguised as persons, places, and activities. We get hung up with adoring these other parts of our lives like a fly gets caught in a spider’s web. God knew we would do this, however, so He commanded us to worship Him. He started out the 10 Commandments by instructing us not to have any other god but Him (Ex. 20:3). Jesus told us the first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord God with our all (Mt. 22:37-38).
God wants us to know that He is the only real God!
Not knowing who God is can be a hindrance to our worship. I encourage you to look up His attributes. Study His character. What He wears. When my eyes are opened to who He is, I feel stirred inside. I start to feel electrified and worship begins to pour out from deep inside.
God is love.
He is merciful and good.
He is powerful and faithful.
He is matchless in glory.
Holy, just, and pure.
(See? I can’t help it!)
Today we have been talking about who we worship. Let’s put this into action. You may want to write the verses from this application section in your journal, and/or highlight them in your Bible. My prayer for you is that God would meet you in this moment.
- Read. Isaiah 42:8 NASB I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images.
- Reflect. Look into your heart. Have you been worshipping anyone or anything other than Him?
- Read. Psalm 95:3 ESV For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
- Pray. Let God know you are making Him the only one you worship.
- Worship. Praise your great King!
How have you experienced God lately?
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Do you feel like you don’t need to spend extra time teaching your kids about God because they go to church? The church is definitely there for your kids, but the teachers are there to reinforce what is (hopefully) being taught at home. Let’s follow the command of God to teach them at home (Duet. 11:19). I have created a printable kids version of the above with similar content. It’s free! Click below to download or print. Check out the other free Imparting Virtues lessons, too.
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