Luke 4:6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 “Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”
Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.
On May 27, 2009, the world’s largest worship venue opened in Arlington, TX. With close to 30,000 parking spaces, the ability to hold 110,000 people, a state-of-the-art sound system, and a gigantic center-hung, high-definition television screen that measures 160 X 72 feet, it is the perfect location to gather, sing, shout, cry, clap, and feel the energy that occurs when that many souls come together with the same hope in mind.
What church does this massive edifice belong to? It must be the Baptist or charismatics, right? Who else has that kind of coin? No, the owner of this 1.33 billion monster in Arlington is none other than Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys. And all year long, whether for a concert, motocross event, tractor pull, or football game, men and women flood into the stadium ready to support and cheer on their favorite team, band, or player. They’ve come for one reason and one reason alone. They have come to …. rejoice.
Rejoice is a simple yet serious word, meaning to celebrate, cheer, exult, or delight in. One synonym for rejoice is worship, and we were each created by God to do so, hardwired by our Creator for it. And thus, even those men and women who don’t enjoy worshiping their Maker can sometimes be seen with their bodies painted in team colors, becoming emotionally affected for hours, sometimes days, bu how the game went on a particular Saturday, or Sunday, or Monday night, or Thursday night. They’re ready for worship any day of the week—morning, noon, of evening. But their hearts are yielded to lesser things.
Because we humans are worshipers, we are “Rejoicers”. It’s what we do. Every single person, whether religious or irreligious, actively worships. They have identified something bigger than themselves that they believe is worthy of their money, time, and the meditations of their hearts. In many ways, they have offered themselves as sacrifices to that “something,” whatever it is. It comes naturally to them. Easily. Enjoyably.
But in our sinfulness, this tendency to worship things other than God is an exercise in disappointment. It offers us nothing but temporary satisfaction while simultaneously bringing God’s judgment upon us (Eccl. 11:9). Since we are worshipers by God’s design, the problem is not that we rejoice but rather that we rejoice wrongly. (taken from Creature of The Word–The Jesus-Centered Church)
Why waste your life praising that which is not worthy of your praise. If you must worship something, and you must worship something, then worship Him Who’s worth is immeasurable, Who’s beauty is immutable, Who’s glory is indescribable! (PEW)
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.