7Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.
8Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.
9For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.
Thou Art Exalted
As I was reading Psalm 97, I remembered something Solomon said in Ecclesiastes.
9 That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which it may be said,
“ See, this is new”?
It has already been in ancient times before us.
(Ecclesiastes 1:9-10, New King James Version)
I do not know of a time when more different religions existed in the world, most claiming to believe in and serve God. How can one possibly discern among so many, which one is true and which is not true? Yet, when I think of the words of Solomon, I realize that Satan has always attacked the truth by luring people to counterfeit religions.
In Old Testament times, the people of God did not openly reject God, they just added the beliefs and customs of the neighboring nations to their beliefs about God. Was this pleasing to God? Did He understand their weakness and pat them on the back and say, "It is all right; you meant well."? No! God rejected His people, for He will not be married to any other religions of gods.
Verse 7 in the New King James translations says,
7 Let all be put to shame who serve carved images,
Who boast of idols.
Worship Him, all you gods. (Psalm 97:7, New King James Version)
God is God, and there is no other! How, then, can we protect ourselves from falling into false worship? Christians must be zealous in their reading and studying of the Bible, for as one becomes more and more familiar with God's Word, one is able to discern between what is right and what is not.
Christians must also be zealous in their prayer life. We do not have a God who is untouched by our difficulties. God is not too busy to care about His children; God desires to commune and fellowship with His people. All too often, however, Christians are so busy immersing themselves in the things of the world that they do not have time to read and study the Bible, or to spend time in prayer and fellowship with the Lord.
The reality, however, is that Christians do not have time not to study the Word of God and spend time in prayer and fellowship with the Lord. The rich treasures we find in Christ far surpass anything this world has to offer, yet often we willingly trade them for a few trinkets of fluff this world will throw our way.
Even as the daughters of Judah rejoiced in the judgments of God (verse 8), so let us build a firm and solid relationship with God, that we, too, will find ourselves rejoicing in this great and awesome God we serve. For God is high above the earth, and is exalted far above all the gods of this world.
Reach into the treasure chest of God and immerse yourself in His ways.
3 Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations. (Psalm 100:3-5, New King James Version)
Do not trade the whims of this world for the purity, truth, and holiness of our great God and King!
God Bless You,