Bible Reading: Psalm 119:25-32
“I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!” (Psalms 119:32)
To worship God and ascribe to Him all glory and honour is the end goal of our lives. In doing so, we also receive the fullest joy. But how do we worship God?
Jesus says in John 4:23, “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him”.
If we want to worship God, we need to get to know the true God. To worship is “to give praise or honour to”. In a general sense, we might praise a friend because they did really well in something. We might honour our parents by acknowledging the selfless love they show to us. The point is, to praise someone, you need to know them and what they have done. We praise our friends because we know them. We honour our parents because we know them.
We say that we worship God. But do we know Him? Apart from getting to know Him in His truth by reading or hearing His Word, there is no way we can worship God. How often do you read the Bible? This devotion is flawed, written by the hands of a sinner. God’s Word is perfect and infallible, revealing the glory of God, which we must seek to see. Read it!
But, reading or hearing God’s Word is no guarantee that we will see God and get to know Him for who He is. Read what 2 Corinthians 3:14-17 has to say about the Israelites:
“But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
Because of sin, we harden our hearts towards God and His Word. And so, we cannot see. The Word of God is the light and radiance of who God is. But, seeing the light and having our eyes opened are two different things. The sheer amount of light shone into the eyes of a blind man does not affect whether he will be able to see or not. See, we can be Christians who go to church, listen to sound preaching on Sundays, read devotionals like this one every day even. But, if God’s truth remains veiled to us, we will never see Him in His glory as He really is. Only if the Spirit opens our eyes and gives us a new heart will we be able to comprehend God’s glory and get to know Him personally.
Apart from God, we can see and do nothing. All we can do is beg for His mercy.
Oh Lord, open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law (Psalm 119:18). Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works (Psalm 119:27). I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart! (Psalm 119:32). In Jesus’ name, amen.