He is a King to be Honored

Consistently in His Word, God tells us to praise Him. In Ps. 50:14,15 we read, “Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor Me.” So we are told to praise first, then call out to Him to help us. He promises to then deliver us. In verse 23 we read, “He who sacrifices thank offerings honors Me, and He prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.”

Do we believe this? Do we obey God’s formula for deliverance? Praise, cry out, and by implication, then believe and trust, expecting Him (who does not lie) to answer. Do we do it? Or do we just say we do it? –Or just do it weakly, without faith, and after a couple of minutes think, “Well, that didn’t work,” and quit?

God is no genie in a bottle. Instead, He is a mighty King! But He is also our Heavenly Father –to those who are citizens of His Kingdom. And He does care for His own. But He, just like any kind father, expects us to come to Him, asking for what we need and desire. He also expects a relationship. It is rude of a child who has repeatedly disobeyed, been rebellious, ignored a relationship with his/her father to come asking for favors. What would any good father do? Give the bratty child his/her wish? No. The child must first repent, submit to the father’s rules, and live as a member of the family without putting the family name to shame. Then with a grateful attitude in having been accepted back into reconciled fellowship, the child will receive blessings from the good and compassionate father.

Heb. 13:15 tells us, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise –the fruit of lips that confess His name.” That verse says a lot. It says “continually”. It also says that it is “through Jesus” that we do this. Yes, because through Him is the only way to please God, the only acceptable conduit by which to approach God. (Eph. 3:12, John 14:6) And we must be doing so in sincere faith and purity (Heb. 10:22), for we that “confess the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” (2 Tim. 2:19)

If one does not exalt God in these prescribed ways, God is actually repulsed. “I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring Me [sacrifices]… I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs!” (Amos 5:21-23) “Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to Me… I cannot bear your evil assemblies… your appointed feasts My soul hates… Even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen.” (Isa. 1:13,15)

Why? Why would God feel this way toward those who offer up praise and prayer? Because He is a great King and He has commands. If we choose not to abide by them, we show Him dishonor. “If I am a Father, where is the honor due Me? If I am a Master, where is the respect due Me?” says the LORD Almighty… For I am a great king… and My name is to be feared among the nations.” (Mal. 1:6, 14) And in this same chapter, God says cursed is the one who offers Him sacrifices that are defiled (v. 7) and impure.

So when we follow God’s instructions in giving Him praise, exaltation, and thanksgiving, (as well as service, love, and even obedience), let us do so with humble, reverent, and sincere attitudes. Let us approach Him as pure vessels, ones He can use. And in case there be any unknown sin in our hearts, may we ask Him to reveal it, and then in true contrition, deeply repent; and as James 4:9 says, even “grieve, mourn and wail” as we “purify our hearts” before Him. May we say with the psalmist in 51:17, “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”

When we draw near to Him in reverence, humility, contrition, praise, petition, trust… He will deliver.

Because we are dearly loved,
By a forgiving,
Compassionate God.



~ by smilesback on September 12, 2009.

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