Do we worship the things we value?
[Steve Myers] “Worship” – a critical word that’s found throughout the Bible. And in the Old Testament, when you look up this word for “worship”, you know what it literally means? It means to bow down. To bow down. Now, we’re probably not surprised by that. But when you relate that to our perspective in life, there is a difference between value and worship. There’s a difference between those. In fact, maybe we could even put “value versus worship”. Things that we value, we tend to raise up. And yet worship is involved with bowing down. And all too often what can happen in our life is that things take over, and we value them, and they become important to us and take our time, and distract us from what real worship is all about.
There’s a psalm that deals with this, and it’s in Psalm 29, and it just shows the significance of the difference between value and worship. And in Psalm 29, right near the beginning in verse 2, it says this: “Give unto the Lord the glory due His name; Worship the Lord in beauty and holiness” (Psalms 29:2 Psalms 29:2Give to the LORD the glory due to his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
American King James Version×). Now that’s that word that means to bow down and worship, it says, in beauty and holiness. That’s not our beauty, not our holiness, but it is the One Who is holy. We worship Him we bow down to Him. We value Him. And in fact, if there’s anything else that gets in the way that we value more than God, we’d better watch out.
There’s another passage that shows the importance of this. It’s over in Nehemiah. And in Nehemiah we see the significance of this very thing. In Nehemiah chapter 9 – there’s several sections here that deal with this whole concept. Beginning in verse 5 it says, “Stand up and bless the Lord your God forever and ever.” And then over in verse 6 it goes on, “You alone are the Lord.” And it says, “The host of heaven worships You” (Nehemiah 9:5-6 Nehemiah 9:5-6  Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be your glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.
 You, even you, are LORD alone; you have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and you preserve them all; and the host of heaven worships you.
American King James Version×). So when it comes to all of God’s creation, they worship Him. The angelic realm worships God. It shows the significance for us.
So if we boiled our life down to what we valued most overall, hopefully it would be God right there at the top. And we can follow the significance of these passages and recognize we need to bow down before the awesomeness of our great God.
That’s BT Daily. We’ll see you next time.