“Israel’s drift into idolatry didn’t happen because the people became bored with the liturgy of their temple enamored with the music of the worship bands in pagan temples, or impressed with the oratory of the new Canaanite prophet who had just moved into the neighborhood. No one in Israel went looking for a new worship service, but new gods to service them. The center of worship shifted from God to themselves. They began to worship worship more than they worshipped God—that is, their relationship with God became utilitarian rather than doxological [one of thanksgiving and praise].
When the glory of the one true living God is no longer our principal passion in life, worship becomes a pragmatic vehicle for fulfilling two basic quests in life; provision and protection. Instead of living for God’s glory and looking to Him to meet our needs, we exist for our glory and look for gods who will meet our demands.”
(Taken from Scotty Smith’s article, “When God Is Not Enough”, Tabletalk, April 2013.)