What do you really enjoy? A night out on the town? What gives you the greatest pleasure? An evening at home with the one you love? Listen to the Psalmist, Asaph, “Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:2526).
Asaph’s greatest joy was in the presence of God. We can put our theme in terms of worship. We say various sports icons are idols. Young fans literally worshiped athletes like Troy Aikman or Michael Jordan. They delighted in watching these men throw the ball or glide through the air. Such sports icons are highly paid because people go to great lengths to see them. This is all a matter of the inclination of our hearts. Some folks gravitate toward football. Others enjoy basketball. My mother loved watching golf and tennis.
We can look at the worship of God in a similar way. Psalm 37:4 in the Bible urges, “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart”. Many churches have slim attendance because we delight ourselves in all manner of activities other than coming before God in worship. Young people, especially, want the flash and hype the world gives. We not only don’t delight in God, we find Him to be an absolute bore. This too is a matter of heart; it has eternal significance.
Today’s podcast encourages us to understand the “Worship is Joy in the Lord.“