I. Introduction: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:11).
A. God is worthy [due reward] (Psalms 29:1-2 and Psalms 113:1-3).
- For He is the Creator (Psalms 8:1, Isaiah 40:25-28, Jeremiah 10:10-12, and Hebrews 11:3).
- When we think about our place as the created… Psalms 8:1-9
- Think about the role upbringing has in these things (Deuteronomy 6:1-7).
- What if we get too casual in our relationship with God? If respect becomes disdain (Ezekiel 22:1-2; 22:8)?
- Consider that we, because of Christ, can come before God (John 14:6 and Hebrews 10:19-23).
- Think about how those of old would have long loved that privilege (Psalms 65:1-4).
- Think about how they were warned in approaching God (Ecclesiastes 5:1-2).
- Let’s examine ourselves in these things (I Corinthians 11:23-32).
II. Body: Hebrews 12:28-29
A. The Greek word translated “reverence” [αἰδώς] in Hebrews 12:28 means: “(The idea of downcast eyes); bashfulness, i.e. (towards men), modesty or (towards God) awe: A sense of shame or honour, modesty, bashfulness, reverence, regard for others, respect” (Strong’s # 127).
- The only other time that Greek word appears in the New Testament, it is translated as “shamefacedness” (I Timothy 2:9).
- Think about approaching God with modesty, respect, awe, honor, bashfulness, etc. (Psalms 4:3-5, Psalms 68:3-4, Psalms 95:1-7, Psalms 96:7-9, Psalms 138:6, Isaiah 66:1-2, Luke 18:9-14, etc.).
- If Jesus walked in here today (we know that’s not going to happen), would you act differently (II Corinthians 13:5)? Why? Why not?
- Applying principles taught long ago (Jeremiah 7:1-15).
- Not a show in any setting (Matthew 6:1-7).
- Respect for the elder among us (I Timothy 5:1-2).
- Honor all (I Peter 2:17).
- Honor mother and father (Ephesians 6:2).
- HOW MUCH MORE FOR GOD?
- We’re God’s children (Galatians 3:26-29), honor Him as our Father!
- God wanted the first-fruits (Proverbs 3:9), not leftovers (Luke 21:1-4). Is God getting our best; first; most (Colossians 3:1-4)?
- As God’s children, we won’t get preferential treatment or special pardons (I Peter 1:17).
- Don’t be weary of well-doing (Galatians 6:9).
- Would we want to be like those who took no delight in God’s will (Jeremiah 6:10)?
- Do we want God to view our worship as He did those who erred in the past (Amos 5:21-23)?
III. Conclusion: “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him” (Psalms 89:7).
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