Friday, April 12, 2013

Why God Is Worthy Of Worship

By Kristen Leigh Evensen
Sometimes, I am not sure how to pray.
Other times, I have so much to pray about, so much to say, that I need help condensing my thoughts! Not that God requires that I condense my prayers, but in some moments I desire to simplify. To just be before Him. Enough to say, "Thank You, God, for just being You."

What about you?

What I adore about the Psalms is how they help us pray. Seriously, though, read through the Psalms, and you will see an excellent demonstration of pray-ers coming before the throne of God with boldness and honesty. Sometimes with no filter whatsoever ("You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead", prays David in Psalm 22:15...woah). 

So that is what I did this morning. I wanted to say so much to God, and in the deep yearning to pour out my heart to Him, I had no words to express myself. So I turned to Psalm 19. In reading through it, in praying it, God revealed even more. 

He showed in its words how worthy He is of our worship. 

Read with me here, and be delighted in the three specific reasons David says that God is most worthy of our worship.

ONE: God is worthy of worship because He is in every created thing.

 1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day it pours out speech,
    and night to night it reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
    and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them,
    and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

God created the earth and everything in it. He is worthy of worship simply because everything is His, and He is in everything. Look around you; all of creation, from the skies, to the trees, to the person sitting next to you, was carefully crafted by His hands for a purpose. All things were made to glorify the Creator

TWO: God is worthy of worship because His law is consistent with His nature--perfect and true.

7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
    making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
    enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is clean,
    enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
    and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
    and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.

God's law was fulfilled in Jesus Christ when He died on the cross for our sins, freeing us from death forevermore. We could never achieve the law on our own efforts, which is why Jesus came to live a perfect life in our place. As a response to what Christ has done, we can surrender to what God wants--for us to glorify Him with our very lives. He knows what is best for us, and His way is perfect, sure, wise, joyful, pure, revealing, clean, enduring, true, righteous, valuable, sweet, and full of conviction. We worship God because His way is the only perfect, trustworthy way.

THREE: God is worthy of worship because He sees all our sins--and forgives us still. 

12 Who can discern his errors?
    Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
    let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
    and innocent of great transgression.

Only Jesus, because He is perfect and overcame death on the cross, has the power and authority to forgive sin. And we do not always see our sin. What a marvelous God we worship, that He would have such compassion on us, who, in faith, believe that He overcame death and forgave all our transgressions, even those hidden from our notice!

Holy God, 

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable in your sight,
    O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.


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