Thursday, September 19, 2013

Becoming What We Worship--Psalm 115

Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of man's hands.
They have mouths, but they cannot speak;
they have eyes, but they cannot see;
they have ears, but they cannot hear;
they have noses, but they cannot smell;
they have hands, but they cannot feel;
they have feet, but they cannot walk;
they cannot make a sound with their throat.
Those who make them will become like them, 
everyone who trusts in them.
Psalm 115:4-8
Italics mine

In this grand Psalm, the worship of God is contrasted with the worship of idols.  The key thought is in verse 8 in italics above.  There is a truth presented here that we are molded into the image of what we worship. As a result we take on the identity of what we worship. Those who worship idols made by the thought and hand of man will become just like them.  

As the Psalm progresses, Israel is exhorted to trust the Lord and worship Him. Why?  So they will become more like Him. So a good question to keep in mind as we structure our worship service is who is the object of that service, man or God?  

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