THEME: WORSHIP THE LORD
“You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
-Worship in Hebrew and Greek mean to honor, bow down, prostrate oneself and to place high value on someone or something. God cautioned the Israelites from worshiping other gods, which serves as a lesson to the entire human race. Creation of any image or prostrating before other human beings, animals or any objects to worship them is a form of idolatry. King Nebuchadnezzar made a golden image and made a decree that all the people must worship it. Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego defied these orders thus preference to be thrown into the furnace of fire for the glory of God. God became their salvation after they were thrown into the furnace of fire and king Nebuchadnezzar evidenced that he could see one like the son of gods, and made a decree that only the Most High God should be worshiped (Daniel 3:1-30). Likewise, during the last days as documented in Revelation 13:14-18, many will be forced to worship the image of the beast and the mark of the beast will be placed on the hand and the forehead, and whoever does not do it will be put to death. Idolatry can also be viewed through exulting images or persons that one places more value to than God. These may be property, vehicles, spouses, children, friends, clients, politicians, leaders, bosses, money, wealth, education, rank, power, private sins etc. We must always remember that the Creator is more important than the creation, and that everything belongs to God. In some occasions we are praised by others for what we have, success, money, power, beauty et cetera, but we should be careful not to receive it but acknowledge God instead. Such instances may lead us to harbor pride in our hearts and eventually fall. We know that pride comes before a fall, and when Satan who was the most anointed cherub, had pride because of his beauty and splendor, he fell (Ezekiel 28:14-17). God is a jealous God and does not share His glory with anyone. Only Him deserves all the glory, power and praise for He created all things and by His will we exist and were created. Those who worship other gods are punished to the third and fourth generations but those who love Him and keep His commandments are loved by Him, and He makes a home with them. When we worship God, we receive His blessings and He takes away sickness, miscarriages, barrenness, shame, defeat from us and gives us victory and a full life span (Exodus 23:24-27).
Only You Lord are worthy of our praises and adoration, only You deserves to be worshiped, receive all the glory and praise. Only You are Holy, only You are Lord, be lifted high in all the heavens and the earth. You are God, ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in kindness and will never forsaken us, have mercy on us Lord, forgive us our trespasses together with those of our forefathers, families, leaders, nation and the entire world, and cover us with Your precious blood. Forgive us for any form of idolatry and pride, and remove anything that displeases You from our hearts and minds. All our confidence is in You Lord, receive all the glory and praise. Some trust in horses; others trust in chariots but we put all our trust in You Lord. Some trust in their money, power, wealth, strength, wellness, intellect, spouses, children, cars and buildings, but we put all our trust in You Lord. Some trust in false gods made by human hands, others trust in witchcraft and sorcery, but we put all our trust in You Lord. Help us to love You Abba Father, with all our hearts, minds, souls and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Nothing can separate us from Your love Lord, thank You for loving us with an everlasting love. In You only do we live, move and have our being, we worship You Lord in the splendor of Your holiness and adore You always. Amen
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