Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Worship (Fear of His Power)

What draws you into worship?

Then say to him, 'The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness. But until now you have not listened. (Exodus 7:16 NIV)

Sometimes, we don’t worship God because we are too busy taking care of ourselves.  We get so caught up in the worries of this world that we don’t bother to consult the designer and maker of it.  We may even get to the point where we don’t believe that God cares or even exists.  This keeps us far, far away from worship.

Let my people go, so that they may worship me. (Exodus 8:1b, 8:20b, 9:1b, 9:13b, 10:3b NIV)

I don’t know if you ever thought about it before, but Moses confronted Pharaoh before each plague was brought against Egypt.  With each confrontation, Moses told Pharaoh the statement listed above.  Pharaoh needed to know that this whole confrontation was about worship.  Only one deserves our worship.   That is the LORD.

Pharaoh's officials said to him, "How long will this man be a snare to us? Let the people go, so that they may worship the LORD their God. Do you not yet realize that Egypt is ruined?" (Exodus 10:7 NIV)

Plague by plague, confrontation by confrontation, God was showing Pharaoh that no one is a god like the LORD.  There is only one true God.  As time progressed, the people of Egypt were convinced.  Then Pharaoh’s officials were convinced.  They started to have the fear of the LORD.  When the Israelites found out about the final plague (death to the firstborn son of every household) and that they were going to be saved, a mixture of fear and gratitude overwhelmed them.

Then the people bowed down and worshiped. (Exodus 12:27b NIV)

How about you?  What draws you into worship?