The following thoughts were spurred on by a blog post from my friend Bryan.

Psalm 115:1-8 says,

1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!

2 Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
3 Our God is in the heavens;
he does all that he pleases.

4 Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
5 They have mouths, but do not speak;
eyes, but do not see.
6 They have ears, but do not hear;
noses, but do not smell.
7 They have hands, but do not feel;
feet, but do not walk;
and they do not make a sound in their throat.
8 Those who make them become like them;
so do all who trust in them.

Take note of the last verse, "Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them." God demands our worship. He requires that we worship Him and only Him. Notice the first verse, "Not to us, O Lord, not to us..." Isn't it interesting how the psalmist so appropriately begins with identifying the worship of self? It was obviously a problem then as it is now. Truly, if we aren't worshiping God we are worshiping ourselves, no matter what idol we have set up in our lives.

And isn't it true that even worship itself can be an idol? I have often fallen into the sin of worshiping worship (or that which, by popular definition, has become known as worship, namely an experiential time of singing songs to God). In that case I am worshiping a golden calf in a sense; a representation of the effects of God or the attributes of Him, but not Him. Did you know Aaron built the golden calf to represent the strength of God? It wasn't intended to be a detached pagan worship experience. The children of Israel demanded the sight of God. Don't we often enter a worship experience seeking the sight of God, the touch of God, or some other feeling from God?

I desire a genuine touch of God, but a true encounter with Him will only happen when He is worshiped for who He is; when His name is glorified. He gives glory to His name, and so we give glory to His name.

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