What Do You Worship?
Lord, show me the idols in my life. Help me to lay them down.
What are the predominate idols in our society, in our church?
There is one sin God seems to hate above all others, and that is idolatry. First, it is so stupid! How can the people worship lifeless things? "They must be carried for they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good" (5). Secondly, it is a disgrace to choose to worship idols rather than the unique and almighty "King of the nations" (7). He is "the living God, the eternal King" (10a), whose glory is so much greater than any lifeless idols (9). It is a great mistake to mess with him (10b)! Thirdly, the goldsmith's images "are a fraud" (14). Though they promise much they can do nothing and so are "worthless" (15), despite all that has been spent on them. What a contrast to "the Maker of all things" who has chosen his people as his treasured possession (16)!
In many parts of the world people still worship literal idols. But we who worship the counterfeit idols of money, sex and power are no better than they in God's sight.
Meditate on verses 23 and 24. Write out some thoughts about these verses.
You are the only One who is worthy of our worship. Nothing compares to You.
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