“You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). This is the first, the foundation of all other commandments. If you keep this one, the rest fall in line. Israel, you are to have no other gods. The many other nations had many gods. All sorts of gods surrounded Israel. This was a polytheistic world, and people picked their favorite brands to worship.
The one God, the true God, gave to Israel his name, Yahweh. It means “I AM.” I AM, and the other gods are not, and Yahweh demonstrated this repeatedly in the Exodus from Egypt. Yahweh reminds them, “I AM Yahweh, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” Who saved you? Me and Me Alone. Who shall you worship? Me, and Me Alone.
We live in a world that tells us no god is above another. Each are to be respected. But we worship Jesus Christ, and Christ alone. Why? Because we know that “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). We worship Christ alone, because Christ alone saved us. Who brought you out of Egypt? Who died for your sins? Through whom did you experience God’s forgiveness? Who gave you a new life? There is One and only One worthy of your worship.
O LORD my God, You and You alone are God, worthy of my devotion, my worship, my love, and my life. With all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, I love and adore You. You bring each day afresh and put a thankful expectation of Your grace and glory in my heart. As I live this day for You, may I see Your handiwork in this world. May I reflect Your grace to others. May I love the people You created with the same tender love that led Your Son to endure the cross.
Fill my thoughts with the wonder of Your Kingdom and guide my steps toward righteousness. May I be so heavenly-minded that the world cannot help but see Your goodness shine. Teach me to obey all that You have commanded, because that’s the best way to live. I love You.