Serve the Living God!
Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for
consider how great things he hath done for you. But if ye shall still do
wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.
(1 Samuel 12:24-25)
In our last post, we discussed the commandment of God not to turn aside
from the true and right way and go after the vain things of this world.
On the flip side of that, we see another command that will help us to
fulfill the first command. In order to turn not aside from God and his
commandments, we must first FEAR GOD and keep his commandments. The
commandment here to fear God is certainly not a new one. We see it
repeated over and over again in Scripture and here is the reason why: if
we do not have a reverential fear and awe of God, then how in the world
can we say that we love Him with all our might and how can we say that
we are serving Him in truth with all of our hearts? To reinforce this
point let’s take a look on a few more verses about fearing the LORD:
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his
commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt
thou cleave, and swear by his name. He is thy praise, and he is thy God,
that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine
eyes have seen.
In these two verses alone, we quickly realize that their is a distinct
relationship between fearing God, keeping his commandments, and serving
him. If we really stand in awe of God daily and meditate upon Him daily,
we would be motivated to “serve him in truth” with all of our hearts and
to “keep his commandments.” Service always flows from a love for God and a devotion to Him. Many Christians today serve in pretense and
put on the outward facade of a Christian who is sold out for God, but in
the end what that attitude really shows is that there is a lack of the
fear of God in that person’s life. The Bible commands us to “Stand in
awe and sin not…” When we have a reverential fear of God, it will be
our desire to serve him, and cleave (our attach ourselves to) God. We
would be motivated to praise him by our talk, walk, actions, and by our
witness. We would meditate more often on the “great things he hath done
for us” instead of complaining about our present circumstances. If we
simply fear the LORD, and stand in awe of him, I am certain that many
more Christians would be able to do a lot more for the cause of Christ.
Will you commit to pray today that you will have a reverential awe
and fear of God and that you would be motivated to serve Him in truth
with all of your heart today and every day?