Reading today from 2 Kings 14 – 16…
“And King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and King Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof. And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus: so Urijah the priest made it against King Ahaz came from Damascus.” 2 Kings 16:10-11 (KJB)
The kings before Ahaz; Azariah/Uzziah, and Jotham were men who had done right in the eyes of the LORD. Uzziah became a leper because he had usurped the office of the priests, and died a leper; yet he is remembered as a godly king.
King Ahaz is noted from the beginning of chapter 16 as being a king who, “…did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD his God, like David his father.” He even had sacrificed his son in the fires of the false gods around them.
Looking for a new worship experience he finds an altar in Damascus, draws a pattern of it with all the details, sends it to Urijah who is probably the high priest of the temple in Jerusalem, and requests that he build that altar per his request. Urijah does, and in doing so profanes the temple of God.
In doing so the king associates his offerings as superior to those of the people.
O Christian, we do not need a new worship experience. We do need to simply worship the Lord Jesus Christ. In honoring, praising, and glorifying Him we worship the God who has made all things. In Romans the apostle Paul addresses our worship and our living…
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
The first place of our worship is in our own hearts, minds, and lives. Our bodies belong to the Lord. We are bought with a price. We are not our own. We are His. Please read 1 Corinthians 6:18-20.
Let me leave you with the words of F. B. Meyer on the subject of Ahaz’s worship…
“It is remarkable, as showing the folly of the human heart, that in the lowest hour of his degradation before his conqueror Ahaz imitated the altar which he saw at Damascus. For this, the ancient brazen altar in Jehovah’s Temple was displaced; and upon it in the sacred fane sacrifices were offered to the gods of the heathen. Alas, there is too much of this in the present day! Men are going back from the simplicity and spirituality of Christ to exploded philosophies and systems, which have failed in the past to satisfy soul hunger. Let us beware of the vacuum of the soul into which such evil things intrude. It is only as we are filled by the indwelling Spirit that we are immune against these temptations.” F. B. Meyer Commentary
We do not need a new worship experience. We need to simply worship Jesus Christ. He changes hearts, minds, and lives. He died for us on the cross, was buried, and He rose again.