Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Daily Devotion: Worship the Creator

Bible Reading: Zephaniah 1

Key Verse: Verse 15 - “That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,"

Key Words: distress, desolation, gloominess, darkness

Zephaniah prophesied from 639- 608 B.C. during the days of Josiah's reign. He was the great-great-grandson of Hezekiah.

In chapter 1 he prophesied about Judah going into captivity. His description of this event is found in verse 15 of chapter 1.

The reason for this destruction is because of their worship of Baal and astronomy (the heavens). We do not worship the heavens. We worship the God Who created them.

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was present at the Vienna Music Hall, where his oratorio The Creation was being performed. Weakened by age, the great composer was confined to a wheelchair. As the majestic work moved along, the audience was caught up with tremendous emotion. When the passage “And there was light!” was reached, the chorus and orchestra burst forth in such power that the crowd could no longer restrain its enthusiasm. The vast assembly rose in spontaneous applause. Haydn struggled to stand and motioned for silence. With his hand pointed toward heaven, he said, “No, no, not from me, but from thence comes all!” Having given the glory and praise to the Creator, he fell back into his chair exhausted.

Haydn understood that we worship the Creator, not the things created!

What to do:
✞ Enjoy God’s creation but our worship should always be to God.