Choose This Day
Author Noel Due writes in his book, "Created for Worship: From Genesis to Revelation to You," in his chapter, “The Battle of Worship,” notes that Jesus' temptation by Satan to worship him occurs after Jesus’ baptism. There are many themes present, but it is notable that an incredibly powerful moment occurs in Jesus’ baptism that affirms not only the deity of Christ, but also affirms the entire Trinity. The Father speaks His pleasure in regard to the Son, and the Holy Spirit is seen by everyone in attendance as well. To consider that Satan would seek to tempt Jesus after this event is humbling; there was no question in the spiritual realm of the Son’s Kingship, but in the story of Jesus’ earthly ministry, there is certainly no question. Satan would choose to tempt the King of Kings and to offer Him things lesser that what Christ already possessed! What a picture of temptation in our own lives as we are infinitely lower than the Son of God, Jesus Christ, yet Satan would tempt Him to sin, so surely, temptation will be present and powerful in our own lives. Notice the nature of the temptation; Satan wants Jesus to WORSHIP him.
So much theology is present here that forms many foundational doctrine; a proclamation of the Lamb of God, Jesus’ Kingship, Sonship, Priesthood, His prophetic empowerment, role within the Trinity, identification with sinners, and the personal assurance of the Holy Spirit having descended upon Him. In the midst of huge theological implications, the focus is placed on worship. Who will Christ worship? Who will we worship? In considering this, we come to the root of our spiritual lives; who is the centerpiece of our being? Will it be Christ or someone else?
Our songs of worship are but moments in our lifestyle of worship, especially when we sing together as a church. Despite their small stature in the minutes of our days and weeks, there is something very powerful about the church coming together, with one voice, at the same time, to praise their God! Our songs weave the truth of scripture into musically memorable moments that linger in the mind of our church. In its most edifying fashion, worship music reinforces the truth of Scripture and its power in the lives of the congregants that participate. Do not lose sight that we have a choice of whom we will worship at any given moment. Our enemy cares not who or what we worship, as long as it is not the risen Son of God, Jesus Christ. He and He alone is worthy of praise and worthy of our lives poured out for Him! For He alone is the One who has poured out His life for us at Calvary and picked it up again in the resurrection!
“Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, CHOOSE THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”