Reverence Brings Reward
"If you belong to the Lord, reverence Him; for everyone who does this has everything he needs" (Psalm 34:9).
Roger had a heart for God. He wanted to be everything the Lord wanted him to be. But he was troubled over how to achieve the balance between being what God wanted him to be and doing what God wanted him to do.
As we talked together I reminded Roger that everything flows from our relationship with the Lord - that He has to be primary. In Matthew 4:19, Jesus says, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." As we follow Him, He enables us to become fishers of men.
"If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you" (John 15:7, KJV). "Out of the heart are the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23, KJV). That which is most on our hearts will be most on our lips. If we love the Lord Jesus with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, it will be impossible for us to remain silent.
At the same time, obedience is a confirmation of our walk with the Lord. Jesus said, "He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him" (John 14:21, KJV).
One of the most important commandments of our Lord is that we lead holy lives. Another is that we be fruitful in our witnessing for Christ. There is no substitute for reverence, worship, praise, adoration.
As we remember to reverence God by enlisting His guiding hand before we get into a predicament, He reaches out in love and extends a protecting hand in the midst of the trouble as we again invoke His divine care. If I am to live the supernatural life today, it will require divine enabling, and I must remain yielded to God's indwelling Holy Spirit.
Bible Reading: Psalm 34:10-15
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: I will worship God today as a demonstration of my love and trust for Him by spending quality time with Him in His word and in prayer, and helping others to understand the importance of reverence for and worship of God.