Whom and what we worship matters – Part 3
A true measure of our love for God is known by the way we worship Him. The motive and the condition under which worship is made matters a great deal. Some worship God out of necessity, some out of deep conviction, others out of love. Yet others worship when the situation is good and cozy, while others worship God no matter how adverse or extreme the situation. The danger of celebrity worship is that we unknowingly ascribe to man what belongs to God. We give our God-given emotions and time to men rather than to God.
David worshiped God under adverse conditions, whether the situation was favourable or not. Second Samuel 12:15-23 is an account of how God struck the child he had with Bathsheba with sickness. David prayed fervently to the Lord to heal the baby, but God did otherwise. The child eventually died. David’s immediate response was to worship God, despite the baby’s death. He said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me” (verses 22-23). The lesson in David’s attitude is that there are situations we must accept by submitting to the will of God.
David was a man who experienced pain and adversity but learnt from experience how to turn his adversity into blessing through prayer, praise and worship. In Psalm 40:1-3, David testified about God’s deliverance and the song the Lord gave to him following that experience. “I waited patiently for the Lord’s help; then he listened to me and heard my cry. He pulled me out of a dangerous pit, out of the deadly quicksand. He set me safely on a rock and made me secure. He taught me to sing a new song, a song of praise to our God. Many who see this will take warning and will put their trust in the Lord.” Some of the inspiring songs we sing today were written by those who went through painful and adverse periods.
Job faced a similar situation. When the news of the various calamities that struck him and his children was broken to him, his reaction was one of humility and worship. “Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’ In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong” (Job 1:20-22).
While others bowed to worship the golden image made by King Nebuchadnezzar, Shedrack, Meshack and Abednego refused to join the bandwagon. Their refusal to worship what others considered as unharmful, made God to reveal Himself to Nebuchadnezzar. Their heroic stance brought glory to the name of God. We all, without exception, must shun the gods of this age.
A true measure of our love for God is known by who we worship and how we worship in good and adverse times. Satan is desperately seeking for allegiance and worship. He uses many subtle ways to lure man to worship him. We must be discerning and resist him by all means.
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