Read Psalm 95
Focus on verse 6
We tend to think of worship as something only religious people do, but when you really think about it, we all worship someone or something. The options we have to choose from are plentiful. Some people worship God. A few choose to worship the devil. Many in our current western culture choose to worship some aspect of nature. I suspect however, that the most popular object of worship in America today is the worship of self. If we consider that the object of our worship is typically the one thing that we consider most important to us…it would seem that most of us worship our self.
Worship in its simplest form of definition is an act of submission. It is recognizing that something or someone is at the center of our affection, devotion, and attention.
As we think about this we may come to realize that we have been worshipping some things that we did not realize we were worshipping.
To say, “I worship God” while knowingly and defiantly walking in disobedience to His word, is a form of self-deception. Not to mention that typically the only one who believes the lie is the one making the claim. Would it not be better in this case to simply admit, “I worship myself”? Or, “I worship my children? My car? My job? Etc.”
In this psalm the writer appeals to the reader to “Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” It is an invitation to worship as God intended us to worship. It was God who created us with the need to worship Him. It is we who twist that around and try to fill that need by worshiping anything other than God.