God is worth worshiping. Have you ever considered that? Sometimes, those of us who were raised in the church have such reverence for God that we never stand back and just think about him objectively. Sometimes, it is only the person who never knew him and found him or someone who left for a while and then came back who ever got to really look at him and saw how very worthy He is to be worshiped. God never lets us down. Ever. Every promise he made in the bible, he has kept. Well, there are still a few that are yet to come- such as Christ’s return- but we can count on those because of God’s stellar track record in the past. No matter how angry God has become with mankind, he has never reneged on his promises.
God is also a heroic leader. He isn’t a pansy pushover. Look how he delivered the Jews from Egypt- I love the wall of fire and the parting of the seas. Although I hate the numbers of people who died, God brought terrible death to the Egyptians’ first-born as a terrible reminder of what they did in their attempt to kill Moses when he was a baby. In that way, he is also a poet- all that he does has poetic purpose. They killed the first-born of Israel; he killed the first born of Egypt. They struck first. He struck last. It served as a testimony that no man can outwit God when he is determined on a purpose.
He is the Leader that all men can respect- he is not the Milquetoast God that is presented by the American Church of today- he is a fearsome God who demands respect and fear FIRST and then delivers such tenderness and mercy directly afterwards. He is a God of remarkable tenderness. He thunders his threats- terrible threats of death, destruction, disease, pain, blood, terror, anguish- and then, in the very same breath, cries out! “Why! Why must you die, Israel? Come, let us reason together…I will be your God and you will be my people…” My heart broke when I read those words. What kind of God utters that plea? He could smash us… but he truly doesn’t want to. He thunders death, but pleas for us to reason with him. He is a king whose own sense of justice refuses to allow him to give into his feelings of sadness. He doesn’t want to kill us- but he will. He doesn’t want to fulfill the promises of doom- but he will. He must- because he must. His own laws of justice require it.
He is the ultimate Good King. But. Because of his great, great love and mercy, he sent his Son in one, last act of desperate grace. Just let these children believe in his Son and ALL their sins will be forgiven. He will wash them all clean, remove them from all temptation and allow them to live forever with him. But most do not accept even this gift. Their hatred for their Father is too deep. And this seals their fate like no other, for God loves his Son. To hate his Son is too much. It is the last act of betrayal. The Good, Righteous, Kind, Just King has done all he can do for those whom he has loved. The decision has been made. It is decreed and it is just and right in his heart. Those who will abuse his Son will die.
God, the Good and Worthy King, will indeed set this world right. Those who are sinful and awful will pay the ultimate price. Those who love God will be rewarded.
As for me, the more I learn about my King, the more worthy I find Him. In fact, it makes me cry to see such a loving Person. I am so HAPPY to find Someone worth my worship- over and over again. I think mankind was made to worship. We are a proud creature for sure. But we endlessly seek someone to look up to. We Americans pride ourselves on never having a king. We refuse to believe that a president has ‘royal blood’- ie, literally sacred blood that is blessed by God to rule over us. Royalty of old literally believed that this blessing was genetically passed from parent to child. We, Americans, completely and utterly reject such a notion. But we do worship. Just watch a Sea Hawks game. I watch the people in the audience and think, “Man, not one of those people with tickets would ever miss that game but they would sure miss church. Would they ever cheer for Jesus like that?” Look at a Beyoncé concert and look at the raised hands of the people. It looks just like our church service- only a different god.
We all seek to worship. Me? I refuse to worship anyone. Except God. And I LOVE that it is so easy to do. Because my intellect is fully engaged. I laugh when so-called intellectuals, scientists and ‘atheists’ claim that to love God is to suspend the intellect. “Indeed,” I always say, “It is quite the opposite. It is because I use my intellect to its fullest that I can see how very worthy God is to worship. You simply refuse to consider Him because you hate him.” They always march out of the room before I can explain myself. He is WORTHY of our praise. He is strong, kind, gentle, just, intelligent, wise, funny, witty, outrageous, brilliant, in control, trustworthy, loving, well, you get the picture. He is my king and I am glad.