And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. – Romans 12:1 [NLT]
Imagine a human god – a hero of this world. She might be a sports figure or musician. He could be a politician or celebrity. These people receive adulation and honor all the time. They must even guard themselves from their fans. I suspect that many such human heros pay little attention to the fans and the throngs.
None of those will save you. None of those will give you life. None of those will answer your prayers. None of those will point you to the true north of a life well-lived. God does all this and more. He has saved us. He has redeemed us. He provides for our daily needs. For all this is proper that we should honor and worship him.
God knows every hair on our heads. He cares for us. He listens when we pray. He does not despise our worship or reject our praise. He welcomes all who come to him. In fact he has come to us in his word and sacrament. He came to us 2000 years ago and lived among us. He lived, taught, healed, performed miracles, cast out demons, died and rose from the grave. He – not our IRAs, beautiful mountain vistas, or any other thing or person of this world – will come again and take us to be with him in his kingdom of life and light, grace and joy forever. Come, let us worship him!
Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
4 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
6 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
7 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts!
9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth!
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.”
11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
12 let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
13 before the Lord, for he comes,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,
and the peoples in his faithfulness.