Meditation for 11/12/2019
“Moses and Aaron then went into the Tent of Meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown.” (Leviticus9:23-24)
The people responded immediately to the presence of the Lord. With deep reverence they rejoiced and fell flat on their faces before the Lord. True worship grows out of this sense of reverence and awe for God.
Notice the same reaction by Manoah and his wife (Judges 13:19-23) and of King Jehoshaphat and the people (2nd Chronicles 20:18). Reverence is a prerequisite to true worship (Psalm 5:7; 96:9; Isaiah 6:1-7; Matthew 9:8; Luke 7:16; Hebrews 12:28-29; Revelation 14:7). Israel’s worship rested on God’s historical commands outlining the way to build a place of worship and how to worship.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, to build a place of worship is important for many reasons, but to know how to worship is even more important. It is done with an attitude of worship first, followed closely by obedience, and then followed through both corporately and individually, all with reverence for the God we serve. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Faith is the postage stamp, on our prayers.”
“Then Manoah took a young goat, together with the grain offering, and sacrificed it on a rock to the Lord. And the Lord did an amazing thing while Manoah and his wife watched: As the flame blazed p from the altar toward heaven, the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame. Seeing this, Manoah and his wife fell with their faces to the ground. When the angel of the Lord did not show himself again to Manoah and his wife, Manoah realized that it was the angel of the Lord. ‘We are doomed to die!’ ‘We have seen God!’ But his wife answered, ‘If the Lord had meant to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt offering and grain offering from our hands, nor shown us all these things or now told us this.’” (Judges13:19-23)
God knew the hearts of Manoah and his wife. He knew that their worship came from a deep-seated faith in Him and that there worship was with reverence and awe. In short, their obedience was driven by their faith in God and that kept an attitude of true worship in their hearts and minds, at all times.
Worship, Reverence: (Revelation14:7)
The heavenly messenger proclaimed an awesome moment. Fear should produce a glorifying of God in such a moment. All are called upon to worship God as Creator. The approaching judgment should lead all people to reverent worship and faith.
Second Thought of the Day:
“But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….Then he said to the paralytic, ‘Get up, take your mat and go home.’ And the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God who had given such authority to men.” (Matthew9:6-8)
Christ’s miracles caused reverent fear and praise because the crowd recognized the superhuman power of God at work in Jesus. Such fear is the first step toward faith. Acknowledgment that God’s power is at work k in Jesus must be followed by faith commitment to Jesus for salvation.
Recognition of God’s authority and power leads people to praise and express reverent awe before Him. Belief in Christ is the only basis for proper worship. I pray you all understand this.