I was quite astonished to discover that, according to God’s Word, we become what we worship. This is manifested in many ways—good and evil. For example, a person doesn’t become a heinous criminal overnight. It happens when they are captivated by sin and that sin becomes a lingering thought. Then, they make thousands of micro decisions…eventually leading to the act or acts that land them in prison. The same is true with any habitual sin. We go through a series of decisions to justify it.
But—the same is true with becoming more like Christ. When we are born again, we have the ability to become like Him. As we train our mind to be captivated by Him, the more we THINK like He does. Then—the more we conform our actions to His Word. My friend…
THINKING is where worship begins; whatever captivates us and becomes our passion is—our god.
Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, because of Your truth. Why should the Gentiles say, “So where is their God?” But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; eyes they have, but they do not see; they have ears, but they do not hear; noses they have, but they do not smell; they have hands, but they do not handle; feet they have, but they do not walk; nor do they mutter through their throat.
Those who MAKE them are LIKE them; so is everyone who TRUSTS in them. Psalms 115:1-8
In this Psalm, we find a profound revelation that strikes at the heart of our worship and its power to transform us. It is a call to honor and exalt the Lord, recognizing His unmatched divine attributes and infallible nature. In stark contrast, the Psalmist draws attention to the futile idols crafted by human hands. They are mere silver and gold, lifeless and incapable of speech, sight, or hearing. These idols lack the senses and abilities that characterize a living God—they remain immobile, unable to act or interact with the world.
It is at this juncture that the Psalmist makes a startling revelation—a truth that transcends time and culture. “Those who MAKE them are LIKE them; so is everyone who TRUSTS in them.” As we worship and invest our life in lifeless idols, we become like them—blind and devoid of the senses God gives us. Take for example the god of money which is a universal struggle. But if money is our primary motivation in life—what we THINK about and what we spend our greatest time and efforts attaining—we slowly become blind and dull to the most precious things. Our senses become dulled and we eventually put everything aside just to have more. The first time we put money before God—we have made a micro decision to dethrone Him in our heart. This applies to ANYTHING we make more important than God—sex, entertainment, sports, friends, family, etc.
The worship of ANYTHING more than God, WILL result in us missing out on BOTH physical AND eternal blessings!
To worship Him is to make Him the center of our life. We become WHAT we think about…and who better to become more like than our wise, powerful and loving Jesus??? This Psalm helps us realize the critical significance of what we make the object of our greatest devotion. By worshiping the living God, our senses are sharpened! We WILL experience the richness and fullness of the life that He created us to enjoy. When God is the center of our life, we enjoy the fullest experience of love, joy, peace, and goodness—the things money can NEVER buy!
What is a telltale sign of WHAT we worship most?
Well, I often examine what WORRIES me most. Is it paying the bills? Is it winning a case? Maybe my physical health? Is it a relationship with someone I Iove? Or is it attaining REAL success? Whatever consumes my thoughts is what I am worshiping! Conversely, when the presence of God is controlling my thoughts, I am living in worship of HIM. Then, my greatest worry is primarily—not having a strong sense of His presence! I want to desire what He desires…that EVERY person be reconciled to Him.
Throughout God’s Word, we are reminded that loving God above all else is—the best thing we can EVER do for ourselves. To LOVE God is to LIVE in OBEDIENCE to His Word (John 14:15) – by worshiping God with all of our heart, soul, and mind! In His presence, we are transformed into His likeness and His glory is revealed through our life!
“Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his DELIGHT is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” Psalms 1:1-3 NKJV
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