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Weekly Devotionals

Worship the Highest

O LORD, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, hope in the LORD
from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 131

Have you seen the movie Truman Show? At the end of Truman’s world was a big artificial globe that covered his entire life. Once he found that out that there is an ending to his sky and his horizon, he wanted to explore more. Can you imagine your sky being limited? Somewhat that you think that’s the highest is not really highest?

I wrestled with the concept of ‘highest’ as we worship God. What is the point that we say to God in worship, ‘Be exalted! High and lifted up!’ when He is actually the highest?? Do we think that God needs some support or help from us to be be the highest? What chances are we bringing to the status of God when we acknowledge Him and worship Him? if he can be changed at all.

People brought their knees down as they encountered the king and lower their body in many cultures as a sign of lifting up the king. That was a aha moment for me. What people could do to genuinely express their honor and adoration, they lower themselves to maximize the gap between them and the ones that they are lifting up.. In our context of worship, it’s hard to comprehend that we exalt a king, to lower ourselves. God is already the highest, there is no place that He can go higher than what He is right now. The way we can worship Him and lift Him up, is to lower ourselves to maximize the gap between us and Him. He is the Creator and we are the created. He is the almighty and we are the limited. It’s not that we should think of ourselves less valuable, but simply recognize the reality of who He is and who we are, we can tell Him who He is and we can also tell ourselves who we are.

As we go through this week, I pray that our hearts would be not lifted, our eyes are not raised too high, but be calmed and quieted and we may rest in His embrace.