I’ve been meditating on this for several days. Isaiah 43:7 says, “Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory, I have formed him, yes, I have made him.” The name of Jesus is a representation of all that He is at all times.
John 15:16 says, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
Lets couple Isaiah 43:7 with Psalm 150:6 which says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!” Psalm 148:5 was referencing verses 2-4 which declared who was to praise Him: all His angels, all His hosts, sun, moon, stars, heavens of heavens, waters above the heavens. Verses 7-12 have more. Here are a few: great sea creatures, all the depths, fire, hail, snow, clouds, and fruitful trees.
Verse 5 says, “Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created.” Verse 13 says, “Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven.”
Moses asked to see God’s glory. He was denied. Read this with me. In Exodus 14:4 God’s declaration regarding Pharaoh was, “…I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord…” The Amplified says, “…I will gain honor and glory…”
All these verses have been percolating in my heart. What does it all mean when we add Luke 19:40? Jesus declared that if His disciples didn’t praise Him the rocks would. Many years ago a friend gave me a small painted rock with the words, ‘I will praise You.’ It was a great reminder for me.
Everything that has breath is created to worship. Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”
In verse 21 it says that those who did not glorify Him became futile in their thoughts. Verse 23 says, “And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image…” We are created to worship, and we will worship our heart idols IF we don’t worship the Lord.
That is a sobering thought. Ezekiel 14:1-7 was a discourse about heart idols. Fleshly heart idols usurp His place of worship. He alone is worthy. Anything that gains priority in our lives above Him has to be confessed as sin. More tomorrow.