The word “worship” is basically a shortened version of “worth-ship.” It’s ascribing to something a state of worth. I believe humans delight in what we worship (find worth in), and worship what we delight in. I think it is therefore very important to consider what we delight in. If we find our “delight” in sports, sex, work, hobbies, knowledge, or whatever else, we are essentially “worshiping” that thing.
I’m far from an “ascetic” who avoids all pleasure. To enjoy the things God has given us is good. But I do not want to “delight” in anything other than God, because to “delight” in them is to have an attitude that they have worth in and of themselves. This is to give to them what should only belong to God, because He is the originator and supplier of all good things to all men. Scripture says God gives good things to both the “just and the unjust.” It tells us that every good and perfect gift is from God, and that God gives us “all things” for our enjoyment. (1 Timothy 6:17): 17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.” God gives things to enjoy that aren’t available or unavailable according to the amount of money one has. Money is the “uncertain riches” that Paul mentions.
If we find ourselves pursuing and “delighting” in something in and of itself, without any thanks to God or thought of Him, we should be careful and remember He is the only giver of any and every good thing. Even the things wicked men find pleasurable, God has given in their proper form, but they have been perverted. I hope that we will delight ourselves in our Father, the unchanging God, and find Him in the deep place of the spirit. If we do, we have a promise: (Psalm 37:4) “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.
When your delight is in God, the “desires of your heart” are for Him and the things that are pure. Therefore He will give you what you desire, because your heart is pure of lesser desires. Scripture goes on to say:
5 Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday…”
God bless you.