““You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” (Exodus 20:4–6, NASB95)
Heavenly Father, you are truly glorious. There is no god like you; and there is no creature like you. As we look around this world we see many creatures, many things which captivate our hearts because of their beauty; but you are above all things. Even we who are made in your image are poor reflections of your glory. You are Jealous for your glory so that it will not be lied about, and just in asking that we respond to you, and not to a god of our own making. You are loving and merciful to generation after generation of those who love you.
We turn our hearts this morning to your love, and cry out that you will visit your love on those who come after us. May our children, and our children’s children follow after you.
Forgive us Lord for those times we have not worshipped you as we ought, and raise our vision to your throne.
You alone are God and we turn to you with our every need.
Teach us about your glory as we search your word. Speak to us through your precious Spirit as we hear the message. Show us the Son so that we might know you as you have revealed yourself.