You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me. Psalm 81:9
All over the world there are many different religions and beliefs. Worship of many different ‘gods’ is a common thing to see among religion. Some will even worship many ‘gods’ even within one belief.
There is another type of ‘god’ that many people worship. It is things, self, position, and other people. Focus on get things is the goal of many people. Those ‘things’ can be material things or position, but is the focus of people. It takes all their focus, energy and abilities to get whatever it is they want.
Once they have what it is they want, they begin to worship it. Belief that what they have is what made them who they are or got them to where they are. There is no room for anything else in their lives.
Asaph writes a reminder of one of the ten commandments, that they were not to have or worship any foreign gods. They were only to worship God, Himself.
While the majority of believers claim to believe and worship only God, there are many who tend to worship other ‘gods’. They worship their church, their position, their job, their things, their family and more. All these things are put before God in their own lives.
Any thing, both material and non-material, that is put before God has become a god to the person. As it is before God, it is being worshipped and adored. This does not belong there.
God is the One who created everything that there is, this is His world. It is His kingdom. Those who worship Him, must only worship Him. Anything else is foreign to His house and kingdom.
Believers must not allow anything to come between them and God, or else it is a foreign god that they are worshipping over God.
Take a look at your own life. What is it that takes up your time and focus? If it is anything other than God, then it is a ‘god’ that is foreign and must be removed.
These ‘gods’ may be good or bad things, but they are wrong when they take the place of God in your life. Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the things of this world and worshipping them.
Focus your life on God and worship Him alone. Do not allow any foreign gods in your life.
I pray today that you will know God alone as your God; that you will worship only God; that God will help you to remove any ‘gods’ in your life; and that you will find all you need in God.