I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart;
before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name
I have meditated over this Psalm for several weeks. This Psalm has been on my mind and I have reflected on the phrase “before the ‘gods’ I will sing your praise.” Spurgeon wrote in his book, "Praising and singing are our armour against the idolatries of heresy, our comfort under the depression caused by insolent attacks upon the truth and our weapons for defending the gospel.” I started pondering on what are my personal “gods” that I worship in my own life. As I prayed and reflected and ask the Lord to reveal the many “gods” in my life, the Lord, as always, is gracious in answering my prayer. Depending on the different scenarios that I faced each day I would ask myself “What is my god in this?”
In Psalm 95:1-3 the psalmist writes:
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.
Once again we see that God is to be praised, we sing for joy to LORD, shout aloud the Rock of our salvation. Be thankful and extol him with music and song. Why? Because the LORD is the great God, the great KING above all gods.
I will ask the question a different way. If God is to be praised and we are to extol him, if he is great then what “god” are we worshipping that takes our eyes off the God of the universe, who deserves our praise?
What is your “god?” What is your “god” in this situation? What “god” are you focusing on that takes you away from praising the God who created the universe?
I will give you personal “god” examples: We may desire a ministry. What is our god? Is the ministry our god or is God prompting us to do a ministry for his kingdom and glory? Do we banish our ego out of the equation so that the ministry is about the creator of the universe, the great King?
How about our life style. Is money becoming our god so that we cannot praise him when we have a tight month and cannot pay all our bills? What is at the heart of our wanting to make money? Randy Alcorn writes, “Abundance isn’t God’s provision for me to live in luxury. It’s his provision for me to help others live. God entrusts me with his money not to build my kingdom on earth, but to build his kingdom in heaven."
What about our kids? Do we focus on our kids living the perfect Christian life so much so that our “god” becomes more about how we look as a parent then allowing our kids to wrestle with their faith? Or do we want our kids to be happy so that we are happy? Or do we want our kids to wrestle with life so that they can grow in their faith, or if they don’t know the Lord, become a follower of Christ.
What about our prayer life? Is our “god” that the circumstances are to get fixed and not the sanctification process that brings us to a closer and more intimate relationship with God?
Or what about worry? Worry can become our “god." “Anxiety sufferers tend to be focused on their problems, feelings, and reactions to anxiety. Everything becomes about how anxiety has or will be affecting them.” Do we become so consumed with worry that we lose perspective on life that we are no good for the kingdom of God? When we worry, we need to ask ourselves, “what is the god in all this?”
Now I don’t want to be a downer but when we start asking ourselves this question, “what is my god in this?” we start seeing the truth of a situation and the truth about ourselves. We can repent of our worship of our personal god and turn our mind to praising God for who he is, how great he is, that he has the universe in his hands and we start looking to our Savior because “he is a great God, the great King above all gods.”