Saturday is for media use. This morning I was reading in Daniel 3 where the three Hebrews were challenged to bow down and worship the image that Nebuchadnezzar set up. They of course refused to do so, and Nebuchadnezzar got a whole new vision of who was truly powerful, and it wasn’t him.
The statue itself is of some interest. One commentator says it couldn’t have been of Nebuchadnezzar. Others must have implied it was of him for this comment to be made. Nonetheless, it was false worship.
The great hymn comes to mind, Be Thou My Vision, the first stanza reads:
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art— Thou my best thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
One of the great revivals of our day has been a revival toward a vision for the worship of the Lord. John Piper speaking to his church on the subject stated as the first purpose of the church at Bethlehem to have a vision of God and to savor that vision in worship.
”A banquet may strengthen the knights and ladies of the court, but if it is not savored, relished, enjoyed, neither the cuisine nor the cook is honored. We exist to savor the God we have seen. And that precedes all work and labor and toil and service. If wonder doesn’t precede work, work will become wearisome. But God does not mean to weary his people: the joy of the Lord is your strength. Savoring comes before serving.”
Curiously in the great text of Daniel 3, the three Hebrews respond to the king saying in Daniel 3:17 “If the God we serve exists, then he can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he can rescue from the power of you, the king.” I checked the Hebrew and that is how it reads. At first sight we might say they are unsure, but the next verse makes it clear, v.18 “But even if he does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.” Thus it is doubtful they were doubtful about God’s existence, for faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen (Hebrews 11:1). And indeed they were faithful.
So, I share this because it’s what I read this morning in my regular reading and it is Media Saturday. Moreover, it is fitting to consider those things we are willing to bow down to in life. The whole scene in Daniel 3 is that of media including music and visuals. There is a real challenge here, and the three Hebrews met the challenge by God’s grace, and God rescued them. We should never feel that the media whether social media, music, or images on the screen are more powerful than God. Choosing what we listen to, view, read, etc. are indeed acts of faith toward the God who exists. Moreover, based on what we choose to savor influences the power or strength of our service. What we listen to, view, think of on Saturday, often impacts our corporate worship on Sunday. You can be sure there was a vision for the worship of God in the hearts of the three Hebrews before they were ever challenged to worship a false god. May God be our vision day by day, week by week, and year by year.