We have many objects competing for our attention. Or to be more honest, our worship. iPhones, houses, our kids, or jobs.
So what is worship and what (or who) deserves it?
Worship comes from the Greek word proskuneo, which means “to kneel or do homage.” The idea is that worship assigns worth to whoever or whatever is being honored or revered. So when we worship, we pay homage to that object.
But worship goes further than mere respect for a person or object. Worship idolizes. It assigns supreme loyalty and allegiance. It says, “This thing is the most important object in my life.”
When viewed from this vantage, worship reflects who is our god.
The Bible clarifies who is worthy of our worship.
“You must not have any other gods besides me. You must not make for yourself an image of anything in heaven above, on earth below, or in the waters beneath. You must not worship or serve them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.” (Deuteronomy 5:7-9, NET)
Only God deserves our homage. Only He deserves our worship. We should not worship any other person or object.
The four living creatures described in the book of Revelation understand worship. They are worshiping God right now. The Bible says:
“They never rest day or night, saying:
‘Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God, the All-Powerful,
Who was and who is, and who is still to come!’
And whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders throw themselves to the ground before the one who sits on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever, and they offer their crowns before his throne, saying:
‘You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
since you created all things,
and because of your will they existed and were created!'” (Revelation 4:8-11, NET)
God invites you to enter into a time of worshiping Him. Go ahead, worship Him now. Tell Him you appreciate the things He has created. Tell Him you love Him. Tell Him He alone is worthy of your worship.
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