Twice a week, I spend a special time of devotional worship, a set-aside time from my regular day and my other times with the Lord. The Lord has uniquely created each of us, and He created me with a love of worship. So these set-aside times, even though early in the morning, aren’t a “chore” or a “duty”, but a blessing, a gift. Something the Lord highlighted to me today, even though known, bears repeating:
It’s not the singer.
It’s not the song.
It’s not even the worship.
It’s the Object of worship, the One True Living God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
I once heard someone talk about Lucifer, the angel of light, the leader of worship in heaven. They described their imaginings of the hosts of heaven worshipping before the throne, worshipping the Lord, led by Lucifer. They described the worship pouring forth, washing forward in waves, and Lucifer’s focus being drawn from the One being worshipped, to the worship itself, and then beginning to desire the worship FOR himself. We all know the end of THAT story.
Well, let me tell you, there doesn’t have to be hosts or hundreds or even 10 people worshipping, for the worshipper to lose focus. A worshipper can become focused on the song, on the instrument, on the sound of their own voice…yeah, that sounds good! oh, I should play that chord differently…man, my voice is really sounding GREAT today! You get the picture.
Does God need us to worship Him? Even creation declares His glory!
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying:
“ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”
But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”
If every voice of worship on earth was silenced, the very rocks would cry out.
Jesus, ever be the focus of my worship. More than my song, let my life worship You. Your Glory, God, is what our hearts long for!