Fall. Up north, trees turn beautiful colors; down here trees struggle all summer in the heat, then finally give up and turn loose of their leaves. We call it fall. With fall, comes football. For me, fanaticism is never greater than a Saturday game on a college campus. Forget the students, who are understandably completely sold out for their team. Look to the grown men and women who used to attend a given school. They’re up early, prepping meals for a tailgate, wearing their “lucky” shirt or hat, and meeting old friends before the game. Some of them have traveled hundreds, if not thousands of miles to watch the game. Fires start and meat gets burned as spontaneous parties break out all over the campus and around the stadium. As the time for kickoff approaches, the crowds begin to swell, forcing their way in, to arrive at their seat before their team takes the field. Early in the season it is often oppressing and hot, then later in the year temperatures drop to freezing cold, but the crowds pour in regardless of the weather. All of the parties, the pre-game hype, radio and TV shows build to this frenetic crescendo as the team prepares to take the field. Have you seen it before? Smoke machines pour fog out of the tunnel. Through the fog you see your team jumping up and down, music is blaring, the crowd is thundering and out comes the team, to deafening applause. It is in a word…WORSHIP!!!
I love college football and I travel to see my school play games. There’s not any intended judgment in this post. For you, it may not be a team; it might be a band, a political figure, an actor or actress that stirs some crazy level of fanaticism. Regardless, I’m sure you’ve experienced it before. As I read God’s Word this week I wondered why it’s so easy to be so passionate for our team, band or some famous person and so uncomfortable to scream until we are hoarse for our KING?
Yet, not one team, not one band or person is worthy of true worship. For just a minute, imagine what it must be like to be in the Presence of The LORD:
“In the year King Uzziah died; I saw The LORD. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of His robe filled the Temple. Hovering over Him were mighty seraphim, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with the remaining two they flew. In a great chorus they sang, “Holy, Holy, Holy is The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY! The whole earth is filled with His glory!” The glorious singing shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire sanctuary was filled with smoke.” (Isaiah 6:1-4 NLT)
Does the last line grab your imagination? Can you hear the great chorus? Have you ever been in an enormous crowd, singing with all their might so the foundations of the building shook? It’s WORSHIP!!! And you and I were made for it. Isaiah had this vision over 700 years before the birth of Jesus. Then after the death and resurrection of Christ, 800 plus years later, John has a vision of heaven and sees a very similar scene in Revelation 4. Worship of humans, regardless of how passionate, dies. Football teams that are winning today will lose tomorrow. Coaches and players that are heroes today will soon be forgotten. Yet, worship of The LORD goes on forever and ever and ever. And we were made to be a part of it!
The Creator, the One who merely spoke and all the heavens were formed, wants to be in a relationship with you. He wants to speak into your circumstances and walk with you through the day. I woke up one morning this week and felt like The LORD just impressed on me, “I get to speak to, worship and praise The Living LORD this morning.” And you know what, it’s right for me to do so; He is worthy of every bit of praise I give Him. Join me in passionately pursuing the only One worthy of our worship.