By Darwin Hayes
Devotional Scripture: Psalm 68:26
Central Thought: We will worship something or someone. God's design is for us to worship Him.
Today's passage from the Psalms is a song of victory and refuge in God, but it is also a Psalm that expresses the natural response of worship. Psalm 68:26 presents an exuberant proclamation of worship among the children of God.
God designed everything in the universe with order and purpose. This order and purpose are reflected in the way He designed men and women. Within the fiber of humanity is the DNA of worship that creates a longing and desire to worship something or someone. The object of worship, according to God's plan, is the Lord. Sadly, men and women commonly replace the intended object of worship with something or someone else. For some it is celebrity and success; for others it is self-gratification; still others replace it with notoriety, power and money—too often we miss the intended purpose and object of worship. Sadly, missing this purpose has consequences. Romans 1:21-23 offers a terse commentary on the degradation of humanity that befalls those whose object of worship is not the Lord. People will ultimately find something or someone to worship, something or someone that satisfies the divinely created desire on which to bestow respect, honor, and praise.
Are you aware that you have a need to worship? On whom or on what are you bestowing worship today? Don't be fooled. You will find someone or something to worship. It is a matter of time. May it be the Lord Jesus Christ. Only He is worthy of our worship, and His response to our worship will be immeasurable. However, probably the greatest result will be the divine sense of fulfillment in life. That shouldn't surprise us. After all, we were created for that purpose—to worship Him.
Devotional Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I see my need to worship You, and may I devote my worship to You with a pure and thankful heart today. Amen.
Today's Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25; Luke 7:11-35; Psalm 68:19-35; Proverbs 11:29-31