Mankind is divided into two lifestyle groups according to a basic issue of world view. Both are vividly contrasted in today’s readings. Which one is you?
My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. Psalm 63:5-7
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.
David opens his heart again and again showing us how much he longs for God. His attitude is like someone desperate for air and water–he simply cannot live without God. He finds his satisfaction in Him. The psalmist finds shelter and protection in Him. He praises God with joy as he sings of Him. To him, the worship of God is not a necessary and unpleasant chore for he finds delight in God.
By contrast, Paul describes people who take no interest in God. They have no time to praise Him nor give Him thanks. They presumptuously go on their merry way in foolishness. Their negligence is inexcusable because God’s invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature are clearly perceived in creation (vs. 19-20). Rather than worship and thank God, they grow even more foolish and exchange the glory of God for images of animals. They worship creatures, not the Creator.
Think about it
We humans are united by the characteristic of being worshipful beings, but we are differentiated by the object of worship which we choose. Mankind was made to worship the true and living God and if he will not worship God he will worship something less than God for anything that is not God is less than Him. We must have an object of worship. It is common to call our celebrities “idols”. Why not? We worship them and they encourage it. But they are fallen creatures, like us, not worthy of worship. God will call them and us to answer for our idolatry.
Find your satisfaction and joy in the eternal triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is magnificent. He is worthy of all our praise and worship. There is only one true object of worship and there are only two ways to live. The choice is clear.