Many today are looking for something to get excited about. This is true for the world in general, but is also true for those in the church. People are eager for the newest angle on God, or some incredible insight that revolutionizes their lives and gives their spiritual life that boost that they feel is needed. The problem with the new is that it is often unbiblical. More importantly, it assumes that the old is not of significant value. The truth is that instead of the new, most of us stand in need of thoughtfully considering the old.
Today, I want you to consider one of the oldest truths of the Bible: God made everything. Many of you may be thinking that this is a difficult doctrine to get excited about. But I want you to understand that though you may really not be excited about it, you should be. Consider the book of Revelation. In Revelation 4, John is granted to peer into the throne room of God and see what is going on. John records this astounding reality:
Revelation 4:11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
Image that. Thousands of years after creation, after God has worked powerfully and faithfully in His dealings with Israel, and even after Jesus Christ has been born, lived, died, resurrected and ascended (after Jesus has completed the work of Redemption!), John sees God being worshipped for creation. The doctrine of creation still gets the worshippers in heaven excited. They are busy worshipping and casting their crowns before Him, proclaiming His worth on the basis of the ancient doctrine of creation.
The takeaway from this is simple: it is not that we need new doctrines or fresh insights to lead us to worship; what we most need is to truly understand those doctrines that have not yet fully taken hold of us. We need the old and familiar doctrines to take hold of us so that we respond as created beings should respond to these amazing realities. We need them to lead us to worship.
I urge you today to consider the doctrine of creation. Then to pray that God would cause you to be amazed at this reality and confess you sin of treating it as an insignificant thing that you take for granted. Beg that God would cause this doctrine to be understood in all its wonder so that you respond in proportion to the greatness of the One to whom the doctrine points; that you would be led to spontaneously worship this great God (as the elders “never cease to” do – Rev. 4:8).
Pray that you would look for no new doctrine, but confess your need of God to help you understand and respond to the old doctrines as He created you to respond. Pray that the truth of God revealed in the Bible will lead you to worship.
Addendum – Here are a few other texts in which God is worshipped for creating and presently ruling over creation:
- Revelation 14:7 And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.
- Psalm 33:9 For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm
- Psalm 119:90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. 91 By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants
- Psalm 74:16 Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun. 17 You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter