Credit, Where Credit Is Due
Another incorrect assignment of credit can take the form of a thing. The Hebrew people created a golden calf as an image to worship while Moses took to long to speak with God. Evidently an invisible deity was hard to accept by these liberated Hebrew people even after Yahweh split the Red Sea and drowned their enemies in it. They must have wanted a tactile object for worship. But they still misplaced their credit in a thing rather than God.
"While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!'" (Matthew 17:5)
Accolades are nice. Awards and rewards have their place in our culture and society. However, when placing anything next to Jesus, everything should fall away and He receive all glory. In fact, all credit for the ability to attain anything should go to The Creator and Sustainer of all - Christ Jesus.
One last example of improper credit was John kneeling before an angel and worshipping this being. John makes this mistake twice - Revelation 19:10 and 22:9. The angel was quick to reprimand and correct John's mistake."At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, 'Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.'” (Rev. 19:10)
Worship is a key ingredient in bestowing credit to God. Worship goes beyond our grateful thanks, although that is accepted by The Lord. Worship moves us into acknowledging and declaring - we could not have lived, made it or done anything without Him in our lives. Worship helps accurately and wholeheartedly give credit where credit is due - unto God.
An excellent Biblical example of this was Jesus catching up to the disciples while they were in their boat and in rough conditions. After Jesus saves Peter from drowning, they both board the boat -"And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, 'Truly you are the Son of God.'” (Matt. 14:22-23)