Above All Else

“You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven or on the earth beneath or in the waters.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…”
Exodus 20:3-4 (NIV)

When I was little, we had a ten commandments video that sang songs about each commandment.  When I began to learn the commandments, I thought there were only a few that applied to me—don’t swear, obey your parents, don’t lie, and don’t be jealous…when it talked about idols, the video just showed the Israelites bowing down to gold statues, which is not something that I struggled with, so I couldn’t really understand—I had never even seen a gold statue.  As I’ve grown up, I have begun to see that I have bowed down to the little idols all around me.

This weekend, I woke up to pray on Saturday morning I really felt the Lord speak to my heart, “I know that you love me, but you must love me above all else, you must choose me before anything else, and you can’t hold on too tightly to anything but me.” 

I kept meditating on Isaiah 42:8, “I am the Lord; that is my name!  I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.”  Once again we see an exclamation point—I am the Lord!

Our God is Lord of all—He is mighty, powerful, loving, gracious, and forgiving, but He is also a jealous God.  I don’t know how, knowing how incredible our God is, I choose to put other things before Him, or make idols for myself.  

Why do I chase after the things of the world attempting to find satisfaction and love, when there is only the Lord can perfectly love me?

God commands that we worship Him above all else, but our compliance shouldn’t just be because we’re commanded to; rather, we should joyfully and willingly choose to bow down to Him alone because He is so worthy!  He is the Lord; that is His name!  

“Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”  
Psalm 100:3-5 (NIV)

Lord, I am yours.  Thank for you for how incredible You are.  Above all else, I pray that my heart will love You.  I pray that You will be number one in my heart.  Despite everything around me, I pray that I will only hold on to You.