1-12-14: Why Worship Any Other God?
Every now and then we hear on the news of some rich person’s child who has run amuck. He’s raced his $200,000 car recklessly; she’s spent an enormous amount of money frivolously. He’s caught with women he ought not be with; she’s scandalized by racy photos she shouldn’t have posed for. I always think, don’t they realize who they are? They have everything they need; there’s no reason for them to act that way. Their parents must be embarrassed and devastated.
Others should think those thoughts of us when we Christians act contrary to who we profess to be. We claim to be intimately related to the God of the universe, the Lord of life, and the empowering Spirit of the Almighty. Why are we bowing to fear, our fantasies, our ancient foe, and our flesh? From time to time, we need a reminder of Who it is we serve and what our relationship with Him affords us. Let’s revisit the 23rd Psalm.
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” The King of kings and Lord of lords is the One with whom we have relationship. He is caring for us. Knowing who our Shepherd is and being close with Him means there is no need for us to have a care in the world. Why are we trippin’?
“He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters.” Green pastures indicate our sustenance. We’re supplied by abundance all around us. Still waters indicate peace. As we follow His lead, we will be at peace in the decisions He directs us to make.
“He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Sometimes we get out of whack, probably because we’ve taken our gaze from Him. When refreshment and relief are necessary, He gives that to us by refocusing our eyes on the paths we should be walking.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Even when times are tough, we must remember that He’s with us as we walk (not climb or run or struggle) through (meaning there is an end to be obtained) the valleys of our lives which are mere shadows (meaning there is no destroying substance). We are comforted in those valleys by His use of the rod and staff, employed by the Shepherd only as tools to correct and protect His sheep which He prizes and highly values.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.” Even in the face of the haters, God’s blessings to us are not blocked; in fact, that’s where and when they shine brightest. We’re humbled to realize His precious anointing rests on us, so much so, that there’s enough to flow over to anyone who comes in contact with us.
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” As we pass through this life, we are leaving a legacy. Goodness and mercy are following us. We’re already in the Lord’s house as our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, and it’s not over when we leave this life; we get to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
So I ask you, why serve any other besides our God? Worship the Shepherd.
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