You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3
When you examine what worship is, it actually has very little to do with music. When I talk about worship, you would probably expect that I mean music. (Especially since I am a worship pastor). I might get to that eventually, but that is not where I want to begin. You can worship through music, but worship isn’t just music.
Worship begins with an attitude of the heart. It is entering into God’s presence knowing that He alone is worthy, and ascribing to Him His worth. The very word worship comes from the Saxon word weorðscipe which means to ascribe worth to something or someone. Essentially, when we say we worship God, we are saying that He is praise worthy.
The problem with our worship is that we worship more than God in our culture. We are quite content finding worth in other things than the Lord. We like to chase after little gods. What are little gods you might ask? It is anything in your life that takes the priority over the Lord Jesus Christ in our life.
There are a lot of things that vie for our attention–people, places, family, possessions, jobs, sports, hobbies, and iPhones. Good things, but not the ultimate things. Good things become gods in our life when we promote them to ultimate things. However, there is only One who deserves to be ultimate in our lives. Only One who is worthy.
In The Air I Breathe, Louie Giglio states: “how do you know where and what you worship? It’s easy. You simply follow the trail of your time, your affection, your energy, your money, and your loyalty. At the end of that trail you’ll find a throne; and whatever, or whomever, is on that throne is what’s of highest value to you. On that throne is what you worship.”
Who or what do you worship? Too often we settle for lesser gods. These gods may be hard to identify because we don’t have names for them like so many of the foreign gods of Israel–Baal, Ashtoreth, or Dagon. But you can be sure that we still worship what many of these gods represented–money, sex, or even entertainment. We may not worship Baal, but ball may be at the center of your family’s devotion.
As you examine your life, it must be decided: who is on the throne of your heart?
Next Sunday I will examine worship again, this time from Jesus’ teaching on true worship in spirit and truth in John 4.