We all worship (Psalm 95:6)

Psalm 95:6

Every molecule, subterranean mole, and mote of dust dancing on a sunbeam, God created. Every celestial galaxy, God made. The breath that you take as you read these words would not be possible, unless God made it so.

God not only made this beautiful universe in all its manifold diversity, but this universe is essentially good because God created it. He does not make junk – though sin and evil for a time have invaded.

The word “worship” means to attribute worth. We all worship. The late American writer David Foster Wallace, who was likely an agnostic, said, “There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship – be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles – is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you.”

You and I were made to worship God. In God we find the satisfaction for our deepest desire. Saint Augustine said, “You stir us to that praising you may bring joy, because you have made us and drawn us to yourself, and our heart is unquiet until it rests in you.”

Tragically, sin causes us to turn away from true worship. We worship money, sexual allure, entertainment, health, power, relationships at the expense of meeting our deepest need in God alone. When the Bible says, “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker (Psalm 95:6),” it might as well say, “Do what you were made to do.” When it says, “May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you (Psalm 67:3),” it might as well say, “Let there be peace on earth.”

Christ came to restore true worship, to reconfigure our deformed hearts and bring us back to God. Will you let him lead you back to true worship, our greatest’s heart desire and delight?

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