Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.
The Elder’s Song, Revelation 4:11 (ESV)
The annals of man are rife with evidence of our worship of something greater than ourselves-God. Genesis 4:26 tells us that when Seth was born to Adam and Eve that people began to call on the name of the Lord. In chapter 4 of Genesis, we learn that it is important for those who follow the Lord to preserve the knowledge of God amid living in an ungodly society. This wasn’t any simpler to do back in the days of Abraham than it is today. Even though God commanded them to keep their minds, hearts and souls focused on Him alone, the Israelites of ancient days met the gods of the Canaanites, Egyptians, Babylonians and many other people who worshipped gods different from the Jehovah God of the Torah and old Hebrew Bible. Throughout Scripture we see the Israelites repeatedly take their eyes off the Lord and fall prey to the god of the times. Although these gods continually changed throughout history, God Almighty hasn’t changed. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. His steadfast faithfulness is one of the many characteristics that separate the One True God from all the false gods that people have fallen for generation after generation. The Israelites struggled with this back in their day. We struggle with it today. While the idea of god may be similar, the cultural clothing is vastly different. The gods of man are created in our likeness and by our desires. False gods come from us. The God of the Bible came to us. He created us in His image. He shapes us to desire what He desires. Not the other way around.
God alone is worthy of worship. He is perfectly holy, perfectly just, perfectly gracious, perfectly righteous, perfectly pure, perfectly omnipotent, perfectly eternal, and perfectly sovereign.
I pray that all is well with your soul and that as you enter your respective house of worship this weekend that you would recognize God for all the wonder He is. In spite of our shortcomings, even while we were yet sinners, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to sow the path of salvation for us. It is because of this that He is the way, the truth and the life leading us into the presence of God the Father and indwelling us with the Holy Spirit.
As you worship this Sunday, remember that God alone is worthy. Peace be with you. May the grace of the Lord shine down on you and His truth reign supreme in your life.