[SW096] 06/09/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Bow Down to Your Lord”
If you will bow down to Him because He is your Lord, Jesus Christ will take away the darkness in you and make you ALL glorious within!
Psalm 45:10-11, 13, 16
Psalms 45:10 Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline your ear:
Forget your people and your father’s house;
11 Then the King will desire your beauty.
Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him.
Psalms 45:13 The King’s daughter is all glorious within;
Her clothing is interwoven with gold.
Psalms 45:16 In place of your fathers will be your sons;
You shall make them princes in all the earth.
All glorious within — ALL. Not somewhat, not partial, not a little. ALL! He has either filled you with His glory, or you lack it.
In this passage, He does not imply we are to dishonor our fathers and mothers in order to be filled with His glory.
But He refers to our making the things of this world our treasures. Whatever we place above God, whatever is the center of our lives rather than Him being the center, is an idol.
He says forget (1711) these things, cast them aside, ever forget them, do not remember or pay attention to them. If you obey and do it, then what you used to treasure will be held in its proper perspective, no longer the center of your life.
Isaiah 44:9 Those who fashion a graven image are all of them futile, and their precious things are of no profit; even their own witnesses fail to see or know, so that they will be put to shame. 10 Who has fashioned a god or cast an idol to no profit? 11 Behold, all his companions will be put to shame, for the craftsmen themselves are mere men. Let them all assemble themselves, let them stand up, let them tremble, let them together be put to shame.
Put to shame, put to shame, put to shame. It is what happens when we make God into our own image, when we worship idols that look like humans. The humanistic gospel preached in many churches, centered on what God can do for you to make your life happier and more prosperous, is the work of mere men. Those who preach it cannot be all glorious within (filled with the Holy Spirit), or they would never teach such things.
Some whose sin was recently found out, at a large megachurch in Virginia, were teaching things from their own imaginations, for we cannot hear from God when we are sinning against Him as they were. Sin separates us from God. It is God who caused their sin to be found out. It is His mercy, so they may turn to Him and BELIEVE that He can purify a human heart.
Isaiah 44:18 They do not know, nor do they understand, for He has smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend. 19 No one recalls, nor is there knowledge or understanding to say, “I have burned half of it in the fire and also have baked bread over its coals. I roast meat and eat it. Then I make the rest of it into an abomination, I fall down before a block of wood!” 20 He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, “ Is there not a lie in my right hand?”
We have smeared-over eyes, we fall down before a block of wood with this humanistic gospel that is preached, we do not see the lie in our right hand. God made YOU. You cannot make Him into your image. You have no power to deliver or save yourself. Only He can deliver you and save you.
How we do it in sermons . . . making Jesus confused, sad, helping in natural ways. We fashion Him into our own image, God help us. We sound a call to social action rather than dunamis — the miracle working power of God displayed for His glory!
2 Chronicles 25:14-16 If we make gods in our own image, God will deliver us into the hands of our human enemies (v. 20), as He did with Amaziah king of Judah. He will deliver us to be sifted as wheat by Satan. But Jesus Christ is praying for us.
You may say, “I don’t worship graven images. I do not worship Greek gods. I go to church every Sunday.”
But what do you do the rest of the week? Who do you serve? Is the Lord the center of your life, or is it something else? Then that “something else” is your idol.
Jeremiah 16:11 “Then you are to say to them, ‘It is because your forefathers have forsaken Me,’ declares the LORD, ‘and have followed other gods and served them and bowed down to them; but Me they have forsaken and have not kept My law. 12 ‘You too have done evil, even more than your forefathers; for behold, you are each one walking according to the stubbornness of his own evil heart, without listening to Me.
The idol of self. Walking in the stubbornness of your own evil heart, without listening to the one true God, God the Father. We go everyone to his own way, chasing after our lusts and desires — we must have them, and right now.
You turn things around (Isaiah 29:16)! Deny (utterly reject) your self and take up your cross (Matthew 16:24)!
If you do not, He will put you to shame, to shame, to shame.
Isaiah 2:20 In that day men will cast away to the moles and the bats
Their idols of silver and their idols of gold,
Which they made for themselves to worship,
Isaiah 2:22 Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils;
For why should he be esteemed?
To the moles and the bats with all your idols, even the idol of you, set up in your heart!
Repent, and He will indeed save you and deliver you from yourself.
Bow down before your King.
And He will make you glorious!
He will make you royalty, He will intricately interweave His work in you.
And you will discover His treasure — even children you bear, who will wear what you wear!