1 Kings 3:3 – “Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.”
What are your High Places?
High Places: The opposition to the high places had many motives. When used for the worship of other gods their objectionable character is obvious, but even the worship of Yahweh in the high places was intermixed with heathen practices (Hosea 4:14, etc.). In Amos 5:21-24, etc., sacrifice in the high places is denounced because it is regarded as a substitute for righteousness in exactly the same way that sacrifice in the Temple is denounced in Jeremiah 7:21-24. Or, sacrifice in the high places may be denounced under the best of conditions, because in violation of the law of the one sanctuary (2 Chronicles 33:17, etc.).
Answer: High places, very simply, were places of worship on elevated pieces of ground or raised altars in low land such as a valley. High places were originally dedicated to idol worship (Numbers 33:52; Leviticus 26:30) especially among the Moabites (Isaiah 16:12). These shrines often included an altar and a sacred object such as a stone pillar or wooden pole in various shapes, identifying with the object of worship (animals, constellations, goddesses and fertility deities).
High Place: is the highest peak where you put up your idol above the rest.
Exodus 20:3-6 – “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
God wants us to worship Him in Truth and in Spirit, though we offer tangible offerings to God, He rather have us worship Him with our Obedience and undivided heart.Our Allegiance and Loyalty to Him alone is what God deserves.
1Samuel 15:22 – “But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”
Question: In your steadfast walk with God, how many times have you slipped away and realize that you are clinging back again to a particular desire, want, habit, sin , thought patterns, ambitions, plans that you know is getting into the way of your service to God? These are your carved idols that you subconsciously or consciously put above God, your so-called High Place.