A line from a song by John Mark McMillan, made famous by Dave Crowder and the Jesus Culture.
"Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God." Exodus 34:14
"For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God." Deuteronomy 4:24
Words spoken by God, made famous by Moses.
A jealous God. An all-consuming fire.
"Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the LORD, And righteousness from the God of his salvation." Psalm 24:3-5
Idols of today are not likely statues or little gold calves. They may be a nice house, a fancy car. A relationship. A certain body size. Food, sex, power, romance. Making God's unconditional forgiveness & love conditional. Refusing to accept that you are created in His image. Shame, condemnation. Hiding from His love.
What is an idol? It is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give.....An idol has such a controlling position in your heart that you can spend most of your passion and energy, your emotional and financial resources, on it without a second thought.... An idol is whatever you look at and say, in your heart of hearts, “If I have that, then I’ll feel my life has meaning, then I’ll know I have value, then I’ll feel significant and secure.”Tim Keller's Counterfeit Gods
"He is jealous for me."
As we sang this song today in church, I thought: I want to live a clean life. Pure. I want to be holy, as He is holy. I want my life to be uncluttered, my mind to be clear and confusion-free.
Because He is jealous. Because He is good. Because all I want is all You have.