God designed us innately as worshipful creatures. We were made to worship! With a central throne the heart of man is structured. God’s intention is for us to worship Him on that throne. It’s His personal seat.
Every moment of every day we are worshiping something or someone. This is by design because the throne of the heart stays occupied at all times. When we fail to invite and keep God on the throne, something else slips in automatically to take His place.
We can tell who or what we worship by simply examining what takes priority in occupying our hearts, our time, our thoughts and pursuits.
Without God on the throne of our hearts, we will worship absolutely anything…money, media, technology, possessions, people (including ourselves), places, positions, an agenda, images, a habit, an addiction, the future, the past, numerous fears, the list goes on.
Satan loves for us to replace God on the thrones of our hearts with even good things like worship, service, Bible study, ministry, marriage, family, work, leadership, godliness, purity, attendance, performing for Him in some way, and so on. In this subtle deception, he knows that he has the advantage over us because worship is a powerful weapon against him.
“On the throne of the heart, anything is fine,” he says, “…as long as it’s not Almighty God.”
Where in your life are you worshiping something or someone other than God?
What or who needs to be dethroned so that God can be enthroned in that highest place?
Exodus 34:13-15 For you shall worship no other god; for the Lord, Whose name is Jealous, is a jealous (impassioned) God…
Numbers 33:52 Then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you and destroy all their figured stones and all their molten images and completely demolish all their [idolatrous] high places,
Jeremiah 29:13 Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
Matthew 22:36-38 Teacher, which kind of commandment is great and important (the principal kind) in the Law? [Some commandments are light—which are heavy?]
37 And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).
38 This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.