LHC Worship Pastor
2 Chronicles 6:40 – 41
Now, O my God, let your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayer of this place. “And now arise, O LORD God, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. Let your priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let your saints rejoice in your goodness.
One of my favorite Christian authors, Paul David Tripp writes: “You cannot divide human beings into those who worship and those who don’t. Everybody worships; it’s just a matter of what, or whom, we serve.” Worship is something that we have all been designed to do. In fact, it is the end all, be all of our existence: the worship of God. In our humanity though, we often find ourselves bowing our hearts to things other than God. Those things that we bow our hearts to aren’t always bad things. They aren’t always addictions or lustful desires. Most of the time they are good things that have just taken our focus off of living for the Lord. They are things like work, or leisure, even our own families. While jobs are important to provide for our families, we have to ask the question; Is this a platform for me to honor and glorify God with or is this just a way to pay the mortgage or build my own kingdom? There’s nothing wrong with going to the lake or playing golf but if we replace our time that is intended to be spent in corporate worship with those things, we are placing them in a place of higher value than we do our Creator. I’m all for investing in the future of our children but I’m not willing to forsake the assembly for a less than 1% chance that I am raising a professional athlete. I’d rather invest in their eternity than I would in the temporary. We need to stop worshiping the wrong things.
The Church today doesn’t have a money issue, or a worship issue, or serving issue…what we have is a Lordship issue. We have taken Jesus down from the thrones of our hearts and we have replaced Him with things that are good, bad, and in-between. This song is a plea to God, that He would reign in the hearts of those he is king over, the hearts that rightfully belong to him. Sin is something we will continue to struggle with until Jesus returns. We are going to constantly have to topple over idols that we build in our hearts. Nothing can compare to our King. He knows how hard life is. He isn’t surprised when we slip and fall into sin, which is why Jesus was sent to die on the cross… to save us from His wrath. In our limited thinking and processing, we so often try to “fix” or satisfy our hearts with things other than our King, which always leaves us worse off than before. We can’t outrun or escape these things on our own. So what do we do? We run to Jesus and we bow in humility before Him. We repent. We focus our gaze on Him and we worship him and him alone.