4/11/12

Worship: Calculating Value

When the fires raged through California a number of years ago, and the police moved in to tell us to evacuate, I grabbed my Bible, boxes of family photos and financial records, a computer, some artwork, and my little dog.

Though other things had some value, those few items and boxes were all that would fit into our car.

Later, I realized that all of the other things in my home could go up in smoke, and it really wouldn't matter. In fact, I could probably have survived with even less than I grabbed for our evacuation.

Since that time, I've had lots of time to think about what is important ... what I value ... and what I should value more.

In Barb Wilson's Bible study, A Wife of Noble Character, in one chapter she writes about the importance of worshiping God. She begins with Revelation 22:9, but the context includes verse 8. John heard the words of an angel and fell down to worship at the angel's feet. But the angel said, "See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant ... Worship God."

Wilson (no relation) then shared these thoughts from Gladis and Gordon DePree:

What is most valuable to me?
What do I hold to be most irreplaceable?
What would I be lost without?
What do I think of with most intensity
in the long stretches of my thoughts?
What is my incentive for living?
What gives my work meaning and purpose?

This I worship ...
Is it God?

I read through those questions quickly, without much thought.
But when I read those last two lines, I sucked in my breath with surprise.

What an incredible thought. What I value and focus on most, I worship.

I thought back to what I carried to the car when the fires came. Family memories, tools for work, my sweet pup. Yes, they were precious to me.

I heard the words of my loving Father: Do you love me more than these? I said, "Yes, Lord," but I had to admit that I get tied to these earthly treasures from time to time and need reminders that God wants all of my heart, and He wants me to embrace His priorities. He wants me to worship Him with a thankful heart!

The exercise in all of this for me was to realize that I must be careful not to worship anything but Him. I even need to be careful not to make a god of the man that I dearly love, my husband. As Dave Harvey said, "The fundamental problem of every marriage is misplaced worship. We all worship ourselves [or our spouse, I'd add] and need renewed worship of God."

When we worship God, we calculate or consider who He is. We ascribe value to Him. He is worthy of our praise. He is worthy of our adoration.

"Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker...
Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness."
(Psalm 95:6; 29:2)

4 comments:

Liz Cowen Furman said...

Do you love me more than these? I want to ask myself that every day. Do I love anything more than Him? Always a struggle to keep our focus on what is really important. Thanks for the reminder!
Liz

Dawn Wilson said...

You're so right, Liz. I remember a song with those words that is so convicting.

Lauren said...

Dawn,
I am Barb Wilson's partner in the Wife of Noble Character Ministry.
Thank you for mentioning the study in your blog. We'd love to see you at Truewoman12. Exhibiting!


Lauren du Bois

Dawn Wilson said...

Lauren, I will be at True Woman '12, flying in to work with the Revive Our Hearts team. (I work in research and writing for Nancy DeMoss, but from my home in California.) So I do hope we will run into each other. It's going to be an awesome event, and I'll be posting about it later this summer.