God Is To Be Had In Reverence
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. We cannot get into a mindset of just worshipping God because its time to do so and it just be a routine for us (Isaiah 29:13 and Ezekiel 33:30-33).
1. A routine in itself is not wrong (Luke 4:14-16).
2. There has to be order in worship (I Corinthians 14:40).
3. However, “order” can easily become human tradition and such is wrong (Mark 7:6-9).
B. We don’t want to approach God with a leftover mentality either (Malachi 1:6-14). *The principals are what we are looking at from Old Testament examples (Romans 15:4), we know we are not to worship God by Old Testament standards (Romans 7:1-6).
1. Don’t offer to God what has no value to you (II Samuel 24:18-25).
2. God has always been a “firstfruits” god (Proverbs 3:9); expecting sacrificial type [now spiritually speaking] of service and worship (Hebrews 13:15-16).
II. Body: Psalms 89:7
A. We want our approach and actions before God to be correct (Philippians 3:3; cf. Leviticus 10:1-3).
1. We don’t want to approach Him in a manner that would anger Him (Psalms 76:7 and Acts 5:1-11).
2. God deserves honor and glory (Psalms 96:7-9).
3. It has to be more than just “the right words” (Deuteronomy 5:28-29).
B. The principle of empty repetitions and lip service (Matthew 6:5-8).
1. Not opening our mouths too much (Ecclesiastes 5:1-2).
a. Sometimes a simple prayer of thanksgiving is all that is needed (Mark 14:22-23).
b. We don’t worship to be seen of men (Psalms 69:13; cf. Matthew 23:1-5).
2. In everything… (I Thessalonians 5:17-18; cf. Ephesians 5:20).
C. Think of some applications…
1. We are to pray to God before eating (Acts 27:34-36 and I Timothy 4:1-5), but not just to get to the food…
a. This demotes God (Psalms 92:8) below what you’re eating.
b. Don’t treat Him like a spoon or fork (Job 23:12).
c. Think of what it means to be THANKFUL (Luke 17:11-19).
2. We are to study the Scriptures (John 5:39) and grow (II Peter 3:18).
a. God’s word is not the Newspaper, Facebook feed, Tweets, or Headlines (Psalms 119:127).
b. Reverence for the truth demands meditation upon it (Psalms 119:97 and I Timothy 4:13-16).
3. IN YOUR PRIVATE PRAYERS: Praying to God doesn’t just mean a “thank you” or a “give me”, but can be a talk from a son or daughter to his or her Father (Philippians 4:6-8 and I Peter 5:6-7; cf. II Corinthians 6:14-18 and I John 3:1-3).
a. Think of Jesus here (Matthew 26:36-46, John 17:1-26, and Hebrews 5:5-9).
b. Don’t be in a big hurry to just get done talking to God (Luke 6:11-12).
4. Sometimes a song sometimes a prayer (James 5:13).
III. Conclusion: Psalms 33:8 and Hebrews 12:28-29
© 2015 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager