Our role is to tell the story—to our children and grandchildren, to all generations. Particularly as parents, but also as older children, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends, or neighbors, our role is to tell the story. We tell the story; God brings the deliverance!
Worship is giving glory to the God of all glory who is revealing his glory to all. We see that God is glorious, beautiful, majestic, holy in his person and character; beyond this, everything that he does is done to display, reveal, and showcase his glory. It is a good thing that God is working for his own glory; creation is blessed, and we are blessed, when God seeks his own glory. The proper response for us as we see God's glory is to give glory to him, in worship and praise.
This passage is the pinnacle of the book of Exodus—the holy LORD of all creation comes to dwell with his people. God's presence demonstrated his power, guided Israel, and extended mercy. This is true for us today, as well; through the Holy Spirit and by the cross, God's presence empowers us, guides us, and extends daily mercy.
The detail and care with which God laid out plans for the tabernacle – and with which Moses meticulously obeyed – is a reminder to us of the care that we need to take in obeying God's Word in our own lives. God alone determines how he is to be approached in service and worship.
We see in Israel's worshiping the golden calf a picture of all idolatry. Idolatry establishes a counterfeit god, religion, and salvation. God jealously protects our love for him and forcefully opposes our idolatry. The way out of idolatry is repentance, grounded in our sure hope that God will show us mercy through Jesus our Savior. Idols only bring us weariness and unending demands; only Jesus can give us life, rest, and joy.