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Tremble before Him #724

28  Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples, give to the Lord glory and strength. 29  Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! 30  Tremble before Him, all the earth. The world also is firmly established, it shall not be moved. (1 Chronicles 16:28–30, NKJV)

All of mankind is called to give God the honor He deserves. His glory, might and sovereignty demand reverential worship from all who would approach Him. We must come before Him “in the beauty of holiness,” for nothing impure shall come into the presence of the Lord (Isa. 6:3-7). We cannot worship God with sin-stained hearts and hands. When we bring our offerings of worship before the Lord, we “tremble before Him,” for we know He has established our very existence on earth. Without Him, we would perish. Therefore, true worshipers approach God with serious faith, not cavalier and casual attitudes and actions. Remember, worship is about God, not you. Give Him the glory due His name by worshiping Him in spirit and truth (Jno. 4:23-24).

He Being Dead Still Speaks #678

By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. (Hebrews 11:4, NKJV)

God is not obliged to accept anything and everything people offer to Him in worship. If He is, then God is to be charged with wrongdoing toward Cain. Yet, “by faith” Abel offered “a more excellent sacrifice than Cain”. The Scripture says the Lord “did not respect Cain and his offering” (Gen. 4:5). It is apparent Cain did not bring his offering to God “by faith”. Since faith comes by hearing the word of God, it is evident that Abel followed God’s word concerning the sacrifice; Cain did not (Rom. 10:17). True worshipers are careful to bring before God the worship He approves (Jno. 4:23-24). It is not up to us to decide what is good to give God. We must listen to His word and humbly come before Him with the worship and service He deems acceptable.

Priority of Worship #557

14  Three times you shall keep a feast to Me in the year: 15  You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt; none shall appear before Me empty); 16  and the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labors which you have sown in the field; and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labors from the field. 17  Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord God. (Exodus 23:14–17, NKJV)

Worship of the Lord God is not designed for our convenience. We do not choose to worship God only if there is nothing else happening we prefer to do. True worship is often inconvenient, demanding our commitment and sacrifice. It was no small task for the men of Israel to travel to the house of the Lord three times every year. The Law of Moses contained many other worship specifications dealing with offerings and sacrifices, none of which were arranged to accommodate the worshiper. Worship is not about you and me; it is about God. Develop your commitment to worship God “in spirit and truth”, making every sacrifice necessary in order to honor Him first (Jno. 4:24).

Great is the Lord #445

1 Now I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. 2  Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. 3  Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. (Psalm 145:1-3)

We worship and praise God because of His great power and exalted name. Our King rules the universe by His great power. Not a day passes that we shall not admire and praise His name. The unfathomable greatness of God is the very reason we honor Him. People of faith do not cease to bless His name precisely because there is no end to His greatness. Lift up the name of the Lord and praise the King for His greatness!

Holy Hands #402

10  Hear the word of the LORD, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the law of our God, You people of Gomorrah: 11  “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?” says the LORD. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs or goats. 12  “When you come to appear before Me, who has required this from your hand, to trample My courts? 13  Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies— I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting. 14  Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. 15  When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood. (Isaiah 1:10-15)

Israel had wearied the Lord God with their sacrifices of worship and offerings of praise while they simultaneously defiled themselves with all manner of sin (see Isa. 1:4, where God described His children as a “brood of evildoers”). We cannot successfully worship and serve God with defiled hands; only “holy hands” will do (cf. 1 Tim. 2:8). Pretending to love God while practicing sin is as unholy as the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. Cleanse yourself of sin’s defilement that your sacrifices of praise will honor and please Him (Isa. 1:18-20).

Worship and Serve the Lord God #342

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” 10  Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” 11  Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. (Matthew 4:8–11)

The devil offered Jesus the world and its glory if only He would worship him. He still uses that line on people today. Those who yearn for what they see with their eyes yield to his temptation. They fall down before the devil and pay homage to him by fulfilling sinful lusts. But, Jesus’ daily purpose and deliberate decision was to only and always worship and serve only the Lord God. In due time the Lord God would bless Jesus with glory, honor and power (see Jno. 17:1-5; Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:20-23; Phil. 2:9-11). Set your eyes on eternity, not on worldly attractions. Walk by faith, worshiping and serving the God of heaven and earth, and He will sustain you unto the day of eternity.