It’s easy to get worship wrong.
First we can worship anything and anyone other than the One truly worthy of our worship. We see things of great sparkle and alluring qualities and we will do anything for them despite the lack of power they have to make the worship worthwhile. That degree of wrong worship is prevalent.
What’s even worse, however, is to be invited to worship the One worthy of it and ending up doing the worship of the One wrong.
Reflecting on this Psalm is fascinating to see how it ends with the One pointing out that the people who He rescued planning forgot who it was that rescued them. They would do the tambourine shaking one day after seeing the greatest military world power get drowned out, then get to complaining and moaning when their needs aren’t met as and when they need it. Unsurprisingly, the Saviour turned around and pointed out that this attitude to Him meant they could never reach the rest for which they were rescued. That is to suggest if we forget Who it is we worship, wrong worship can have devastating consequences.
The invitation to true worship isn’t a threat. It’s an opportunity to engage properly to understand the One who in His compassion took you out of slavery to really know freedom. Freedom to celebrate the One who created, the One who rescued and the One offering real rest in the relationship.
Knowing Who you worship and responding in the appropriate way is to experience liberation from a mentality enslaved to selfishness and subsequent moaning. Yet this invitation is just the tip of the iceberg of what can be enjoyed in the light of true worship.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden