Put God first (part 4)

e. Be Thankful to God

Another important aspect of putting God first in one’s life is to show appreciation and be thankful to God, because it is of His fullness of grace we have all received grace upon grace, and since we are receiving what we were destined to receive, which is a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
But how are we to express our appreciation and gratitude to God? We express our appreciation and gratitude to God by worshiping Him in the acceptable manner with reverence and godly fear, and this is expressed in five (5) ways:-

1. Singing joyfully to the Lord

The main reason why we come and appear before the Lord is to humble ourselves before Him because of His Sovereignty, and to express our grateful thanks to Him. We are to; “Give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works! For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods.” Give to the Lord, glory and strength: give to the Lord the glory due to His name” (1 Chronicles 16: 8-30).

In Psalms 95 and 96 respectively we are told to; “Come, Let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song, for the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In His hand are the depth of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him, the sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land.’
“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care.

2. Ascribing to the Lord the glory due to His Name

We are told in no uncertain terms to “Ascribe to the Lord, O families of nations, ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name” But how do we ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name?
We ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name by observing His Sabbaths. For thus says the Lord, “You shall keep My Sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:30, 26:2).

The Sabbaths ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name because they commemorate what the Lord did on that particular day for man. For example;
• The weekly Sabbath glorifies the Lord as the Creator
• Passover/days of Unleavened bread glorifies the Lord as our Redeemer and Savior
• Feast of First-fruits glorifies the Lord as Resurrection and the life
• Pentecost glorifies the Lord as or Comforter and Helper
• Feast of Trumpets glorifies the Lord as our Deliverer
• Day of Atonement glorifies the Lord as our High Priest who atones for our sins
• Feast of Tabernacles glorifies the Lord as our tabernacle in whom we dwell and the King of kings
• The Eighth day glorifies the Lord as our circumcision by which we became members of the household of God.
God ordained the Sabbaths specifically for man to appear before Him and to worship Him. For thus says the Lord; “The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts” (Leviticus 23:2, 4).
We are told in no uncertain terms that, “Truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” Therefore since Christian fellowship is with the Father and the Son, it is imperative that those who come before Him are walking and practicing the truth, because, “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.’ And, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” True worshipers are to worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

It is amazing and appalling to see how many people who profess to know and believe God, have very little respect for His word. They hold His commandments in gross contempt, and in the same breath, stand in awe at the doctrines, traditions, and commandments taught and practiced by men. Like Jesus Himself said to the Pharisees, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God: in order to observe your own traditions” (Mark 7: 9).
Truly, these times of ignorance God has overlooked but now commands all men everywhere to repent.
To be continued.

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