I remember walking into the music store to purchase my first acoustic guitar. My only requirement was that it had to be blue – sky blue, if possible. I perused the inventory briefly (because blue guitars are slim to none in most music stores) and set my sights on a shiny new (and blue) guitar. I immediately fell in love and hurried to find an employee, who told me that I could purchase the guitar today, but the case would need to be ordered. I agreed, made the purchase and headed for the door. In my excitement, I swung the door open with such force that it snapped back – CRACK – banging against my brand new prize possession. I gazed at the large crack in the newly polished top with disbelief before looking back at the employee. “Builds character,” he said nonchalantly.
How many times a day do we find ourselves elevating things, people and even attitudes above God, the one who has created, sustains and loves us? Romans 1:25 sheds some light on this subject.
“…they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
It’s true – we were made to worship God. But, what we are actually inclined to worship is ourselves as evidenced by the fall. My obsession with a guitar ultimately led me to despair when its “perfection” was compromised. We think we know what will fulfill us, what will bring us joy, what will ultimately be best for us. We unrightfully take our seat on God’s throne, governing our lives with no regard or gratitude for the love that has been shown to us in Christ. Pride cripples and deceives us.
Where is humility? How do we return from “me-worship” to a life lived in joyous submission to our gracious Father? There must be constant recognition of our dead condition apart from the grace of God in Christ. “Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” (Psalm 16:1) Might we daily, hourly, moment by moment agree with the psalmist that good lies not within us, but with our heavenly Father. Repentance leads to wholehearted and devoted worship through which we can joyfully say, “Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures evermore.” (vs. 9-11)
May 19, 2015