On the Throne…?

Who is truly on the throne of our hearts, when we’re honest before The Lord?

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. | 1 John 5:21

Idolatry is always in contradiction with following God wholeheartedly. An idol is essentially anything that we place on the proverbial throne of our heart (the place of ruling, authority, and preeminence) that is not the Lord Jesus Christ. As Christians, we may not think we struggle with the sin of idolatry…or at least, we don’t like to call it that. We’d rather say: “I’m having a hard time with priorities” or “I just can’t seem to manage all the things in my life…PLUS spend time with God” when in actuality, the root problem is often idolatry: placing something or someone in the place of God. We make for ourselves more “spiritual idols” that may not look bad on the outside as the world’s idols, but they can become just as preeminent. Examples of these include:

• marriage • singleness • children • social media • TV shows • music • even (actually, quite easily) ministry •

In my own life, other things can quickly become idols when I elevate them to a place that belongs only to the Lord. I see more and more as I grow and walk with my Jesus that I am never immune to this sin. It isn’t worth giving a single inch in this way…sin takes and takes and never gives what it promises. Even when really great things are made idols, they become destructive to us spiritually. We’ve gotta serve somebody, so let’s serve the Living God and not the old body of sin!

…you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. | 1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10

By God’s grace and the Spirit’s work, we can recognize idolatry for what it is, confess and repent of it, and allow only the Lord Jesus to have that lordship and preeminence in our lives. I pray that this hymn ministers to your heart if you have ever known this struggle.

On the Throne

The seat that rules my mind and my heart
Belongs only to the Lord.
So why should I try to play “king of me”,
A position I cannot afford?

Who is on the throne?
May it be You and You alone.

There are days I set another there
To give me what I want:
Protection, love, security, too,
A lonely heart ever hunts…

Who is on the throne?
May it be You and You alone.

About I look at ones I love,
I’ve placed above all; supreme.
To serve them I remember Your words:
“Do you love Me more than these?”

Who is on the throne?
May it be You and You alone.

You are the Lord! My only One!
Only You can satisfy!
Be Thou supreme, my heart is won!
You’re on the throne on high!

You are on the throne,
Now I serve You and You alone.

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