At the heart of worship are two things. The first is our senses… all “six” of them. The second is our ego… that sense of our own importance and the central role it plays in everything to which we relate. Even a blind man can see the beauty in God’s creation all around us. For the appreciation of the majestic nature of the world in which we live is not limited to physical sight, although that goes a far way. But we can also listen to the sound made by the breeze as it rustles the leaves on the tree. We can close our eyes and listen to the forest or to our backyards as they come alive at night as the animals, big and small, unite in competition for giving glory to God with the voices with which their creator endowed them. We can use our noses to smell the spectrum of aroma that emits from flowers, or the air after a shower of rain, and just about every fruit that is good to eat. We can use our sense of touch to feel the stub of a freshly shaved beard, the hairs on the skin of a peach, or the not-welcoming porcupine’s quill that should be kept out of reach. We can use our sense of taste to appreciate the widest range of scintillating excursions into the adventure of food. And yes, even if we are only male, our intuition tells us that somebody greater than ourselves is responsible for making them all.
But then there is our ego. How do we see ourselves relative to the universe in which we live. Are we king of the universe, a king-pin in the universe, or are we the beneficiaries of all that the Universe provides us? If we believe that we are central and critical as a contributing factor to the grand scheme of things, then we must take responsibility for, or at least become a critical cause for all that we see. The result is that to the extent that we take credit for ourselves, we subtract credit from the Creator who deserves it all. I literally cried on August 21, 2017 when commentators exalted the wonders of nature and science as they were lost for words to describe the beauty of the total eclipse of the sun, because not once did they mention the God who orchestrated the eclipse. On the other hand, an Ego that understands that we are created in the image and likeness of God with all our skills and abilities given to us, just like He gives abilities to all else He has created, then we identify our rightful place in the Universe, and join all creation in worshipping the God of the Universe who created us all.
It is the failure of our Ego to properly align us in God’s grand design, that exposes us to the abandonment by God to His wrath (Romans 1:18-20) In one sense, it is important that we expose every living person to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, God has a back-up plan for those who do not hear the Gospel (Romans 1:20). The bottom-line is that because of the provision that God has made in nature, everybody is without excuse and is responsible for relating to Him based on the limited knowledge of Him that they have.
Romans 1:21-24 reveals the consequence of misplaced egotistical values. It is a graphic picture of the heart and life of man without God, and in which He does not play a positive role.
The summary in Roman s 1:25 hits the nail on the head. God made man to worship Him. Man may choose not to worship God, but he must worship. He may worship himself, or he may worship something else that he sets up as god. In that way, he fulfills both his need to worship, and his egotistical compulsion to set himself as the controlling factor in the universe. We have a choice, worship the Creator or worship what He creates or what we create. I choose to worship the One who created me, loves me and redeemed me for Himself.
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