Why Our Worship Impacts How We See
Where do you place your trust? What do you spend your hours focusing on? Who do you worship?
I’ve heard it said a time or two that we all worship something. Even the atheist worships, in his or her own way. What do you worship? The comforts of this world? The popularity you receive through your Instagram account? The children you are investing your life in?
In Chasing Slow, Erin Lochener writes, “It has been said that how you manage both of these things--your calendar and your checkbook--reveals your truest self.”
What we worship reveals our truest self.
The Psalms have been my companion this past year. Each morning I’ve been savoring a few verses before I begin the day. The truth of His words, poetically powerful, breath life into my spirit. This week I was in in Psalms 115:
“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.” (v.4-8)
Did you catch that? All who trust in idols become like them.
How are the idols described?
Mouths...but cannot talk.
Eyes...but do not see.
Ears...but do not hear.
Noses...but cannot smell.
Hands...but don’t feel.
Feet...but do not walk.
When we make anything other than God the center of our universe, it affects our entire person.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of trusting in idols. The idols we make look nothing like the idols we envision in our minds. They are deceptive: the comforts of this world, the ministry we built from the ground up, the hours we claim as our own.
But when we trust in idols, when we worship anything other than our Creator, we lose our ability to SEE. “They have eyes, but do not see.” We lose our capacity to perceive beauty and truth.
The ability to see is integral. John Ruskin beautifully says,
The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion, all in one.”
When we lose our ability to see, we forfeit the wonder before us. We exchange glory for futility. Our hearts become darkened.
Romans 1:21-23 puts it this way, “For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man…”.
When we worship our appetite, we no longer see the truth that our body is His temple to take care of. When we worship our calendar, we no longer see the beauty of allowing unplanned interruptions into our day. If we worship our bank accounts, we lose sight of our eternal home.
What we worship affects how we see.
How can we safeguard our worship? What can we do to make sure that our trust is not in our flesh or the lust of our eyes?
~Search our hearts for any idols we have made through the work of human hands
Daily seek His face, and ask Him how you might be worshiping the works of your own hands. Maybe it means letting go of control with your children or sending more money to someone in need. Confess your need to trust in the Lord rather than the comforts of this world. Tear down the kingdoms you have built apart from Him.
~Fear the Creator God
When we fear the Creator, we will find that is where our trust naturally lands.
“You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!” (Ps. 115:11a) We have a God Who calms the wind and the waves. He remembers His people and delivers from the evil one. He is a help and a shield to those who call on His name. And when we see Him for Who He is, we have nothing left to do but trust.
So take a few minutes this morning to really think about who or what you are worshiping. And maybe we will begin to see things we never noticed before.