Devotion for Thursday, November 9, 2023

“Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brothers and sisters who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10).

There is only One who is worthy of worship and praise.  Why do we look up to fellow human beings or angels?  Respect them, but don’t revere them.  Only the Triune Lord is to be praised.  Yes, there are times when we are overwhelmed.  Yes, there are times when we are in awe of another, but the Lord alone is worthy of our praise.  You are my brother, my sister, in Christ.  Love one another as the Lord commands but worship Him alone.

Lord, I am guilty of revering others.  I see all around me a culture of people who “worship” celebrities and hang on their every word.  Guide me to look to You alone as the One who is worthy of all honor and praise.  You alone are God.  You are the One who created all things.  You alone are the One through whom all things have their being.  You alone are the One who saves. You alone are worthy of worship.

Lord Jesus, I know these things, but the corruption of my heart tugs at me and causes me to move in other directions.  I know You have come to save me, so lead me away from sinful behavior when praise due to You alone is given to another.  Forgive me and help me to repent and move in the right direction.  Guide me to love my neighbor as I learn how to also truly love You.  Lead me into faithfulness this day, O Lord.  Amen.