Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship - Day 20
We built our idols just to see them fall
And our false gods brought us nothing at all
How foolish we have been
Forgive us for our sins
READ EXODUS 20:1-6
When we hear the term ‘idol worship,’ we so often think only of ancient and primitive cultures and their worship of false gods, without recognizing that idol worship is a very real presence and problem today. We might not see too many idols carved out of wood or stone, but plenty of people in contemporary society worship at the altar of success, recognition, wealth, materialism, and individualism, to name but a few modern day idols.
Christians are not immune to idol worship, either - we can all too easily idolize preachers, mega-church leaders, or members of Christian rock bands! You will remember in our earlier devotions on the song, “Soul On Fire,” that we recognized God as a ‘consuming fire’ - this is from Deuteronomy 4:24, which continues to state that God is “a jealous God,” a phrase also repeated in our reading today.
For you or I, jealousy would be a negative emotion, a sin even; yet, for a perfect and holy God, jealousy is a pure emotion. God covets our worship and devotion, and we must give these to Him above our love for anything or anyone else.
You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God. - Exodus 20:4-5
I’m sure you have heard it said that when we follow Jesus, He is either Lord of All or not at all! We can’t expect to put the Lord in second or third place behind false idols in our life, and for Him to tolerate it!
Whatever false idols we have created or trusted in our lifetime, one thing is for certain - they won’t be of any help to us in eternity!
I pause in the stillness and the quietness now and ask you to reveal to me any false gods or idols that I may have allowed into my life. I humbly repent if I have worshiped people or values instead of you my God. I declare now that I will not be caught up in modern day idols such as consumerism, materialism, or individualism. I willingly return you to the most important place of worship and love in my life, and cast out any idols that may have a hold on me.
In the name of Jesus I pray,
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