As I was reading up on my study of the book of Exodus this morning, I came across this from the Billy Graham website that I found especially timely.
“Five things will help position us to hear from the Lord. First, pray. Talk to the Lord. Have a conversation with Him. Second, affirm His greatness. God wants us to praise His name. Jesus taught us to do this upfront when He said: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” (Matthew 6:9). Third, release any and all personal opinions and pet peeves about what you have and what you may think about this subject (idols). Tell the Lord Jesus you are letting go of anything and anyone other than God. Fourth, listen! We are surrounded and constantly accompanied by a cacophony of sound and distraction so that it is increasingly difficult to listen to God. Whatever it is, turn it off. Lay it down. Stop and listen, because the Lord will speak to you from the mountain. Remember, the Ten Commandments are God’s invitation to come up to where He is, rather than to go down to where man is. Finally, determine to obey. Make the decision to submit to all the Lord says, and you will be blessed indeed.” https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/march-2013/you-shall-not-make-for-yourself-any-graven-image/
The article also states: “Despite our blessings, we have become an increasingly idolatrous people. God cannot be pleased. We worship so many of our blessings instead of simply thanking God for them and enjoying them. We worship sport, celebrities, clothes, money, church buildings, politics, positions, abilities and capabilities. Idolatry is the worship of anything or anyone other than God.”
God deserves our worship and praise and He is certainly pleased when we do so with our focus completely upon him. We sang the song “Hosanna” during our worship service on Sunday and I have been listening to it all week. I hope that you are blessed by listening to this beautiful song that glorifies God.