True Worship

February 19, 2018

Acts 17:22-… So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said, “Men of Athena, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed long and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar  with this inscription… ‘To the unknown God.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man.  

            This is a small reference, in Athens, to God. They considered Him the unknown God. Paul saw this and told them about the real God. Sadly, many people still worship Him as the unknown God. This, however, is not true worship. God is real and is not satisfied with token worship. I read something in Psalms this morning that stuck with me. I will turn to it now and see what is said.     

Psalms 50:12-15… if I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine. Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the most high, and call upon me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you and you shall glorify me.

            Our relationship with God is not a relationship with an idea or an unknown entity; it is a relationship with a living being. God is very specific about that. In several places, He mentions that other gods are wood or stone or some other inanimate substance. He separates Himself from all other gods. One line in Psalms that captures my attention is… “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving.”

            When we are thankful, we are aware of God being real. One would likely not be thankful to an idol or a statue. Are you thankful for all that you enjoy. Do you know God as your god or is He just an idea? Is He unknown to you? God is very specific… “Know me” Jesus said, “Depart from me; I never knew you.” We know God and He also knows us. That is God’s desire. Check your heart.  Do you know God? Is He alive to you? “I will deliver you and you shall glorify me.”  Have you been delivered by God? Every so often, we need to rethink relationship. God created it and gave it to us; we didn’t.