August 2, 2017

Today you should read: Psalm 97

The Lord is King!

I’m afraid that we are quick to declare this with our mouths, but then deny it in our hearts.

Our Psalm today mentions in Verse 7 that “those who worship idols are disgraced…” When I hear the word “idol” I think of the times in the Old Testament when people would worship statues made of gold or silver, but idolatry wasn’t just a problem for people in Old Testament times. It’s also a problem for us.

“What is an idol? It is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give.” Tim Keller

Many of the times we give things more significance than they deserve. This could be anything! We have “worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25, NLT).

But the Lord is the one who reigns over the earth and should be on the throne of our hearts. He deserves it! He is a powerful and holy God! This psalm uses intense imagery to show the power of the Lord.

“Fire spreads ahead of him” – Verse 3

“His lightning flashes out across the world” – Verse 4

“The mountains melt like wax before the Lord” – Verse 5

In comparison to the Lord of all the earth, our idols make lousy gods. That’s why “every god must bow to Him” (Verse 7). It is my prayer that we will be able to declare with our mouths and our hearts that “…you, O Lord, are supreme over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods” (Verse 9).

Do you truly believe “the Lord is king”? What are some idols with which you struggle?

By: Lucas Taylor — Worship Ministries Intern

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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