June 26 “On sincerity & the fear of the Lord”

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What was the attitude of your heart when you went to worship this past Sunday? Was it one of honesty and sincerity? Was it one of humility? Or was it largely thoughtless—just going through the motions, flippant or even prideful?

Today’s Readings:
1 Chronicles 15 & 16
Psalm 78.12-16
Proverbs 19.22-24
Acts 7.44-60

1 Chronicles 15 & 16:

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In Chapter 15 we find David once again preparing to bring the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem, but this time he seeks to understand how to do it in a way that is honoring to God. Whether he spent time reading the scrolls or talking to the priests, this time he follows God’s instructions for moving it.

Sometimes we, too, have a heart to do something for God, but we jump out there and do it without really seeking to understand if it’s God’s will or if it’s the way He wants it done. Instead of prayerfully seeking Him, we go do our own thing and then ask God to bless our plan.

Worship in spirit and in truth

When it comes to worship, we can be thankful that we have a new and better covenant as the book of Hebrews tells us. We’re no longer under the ceremonial law with all of its restrictions and prohibitions (like “don’t touch the ark, unless you’re a Levite”). But the law was given so that we might better understand who God is. In this case, that He is a holy God and should be honored as such.

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In the New Testament Jesus said, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (Jn. 4.24). Worship is to come from the heart, in sincerity. The word “sincere” means “without wax.” In ancient times if pottery was of poor quality, it would get small cracks. To cover them up, merchants would fill the cracks with wax. When we worship Him in sincerity—”without wax”—we do it without hypocrisy, openly, with pure hearts, honestly confessing our sins to Him, because, while we may be able to fool others by putting some wax in the cracks, we cannot fool God.

Psalm 78.12-16 & 1 Chronicles 16.8-36:

The sweet psalmist of Israel

In Psalm 78 the psalmist continued to extol the works of God which we have talked about before, so instead of commenting on those verses I’d like to talk about David’s psalm in our Chronicles reading (1 Chron. 16.8-36).

David is called “the sweet psalmist of Israel.” What a beautiful example we see here. Note especially the verbs and what they show us about how to praise and worship God, such as: give thanks, call, sing, talk, glory, seek, remember, proclaim, declare, give, bring, tremble, and say.

As you worship God in the days to come, it might be good to look back at this psalm and incorporate some of those ideas in your worship.

Proverbs 19.22-24:

The fear of the Lord

Verse 23a, “The fear of the Lord leads to life.” The fear of the Lord is not the cowering fear of an abusive God who is just waiting to clobber us because we fall short. It’s worshipful respect.

But it’s, also, knowing that God is God. And that He is a God who loves us enough to discipline us if we’re determined to go our own way instead of His. He does so because He knows that His way is the way that leads to life no matter how it looks to us!

Acts 7.44-60:

Stephen’s martyrdom

Stephen’s testimony before the Sanhedrin was so powerful and so convicting that rather than allowing their hearts to be convicted by the truth, they flew into a rage and stoned an innocent man.

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What about you? Questions to ponder or journal:

How do you respond when the Word convicts your heart? Do you get mad? Do you reject it? Do you get defensive? Do you put it on a backburner promising yourself to deal with it later? Or do you respond with humility, repentance and obedience?

Blessings,
Donna
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2 thoughts on “June 26 “On sincerity & the fear of the Lord”

  1. I seem to put it on the backburner promising to deal with it later then the Lord might allow a situation where He is tired of waiting and I have to deal with it.

    • Debbie,
      I’ve been guilty of the same thing, more times than I care to think! I try to remind myself that God wants us to deal with things as soon as we’re aware, but it’s so much easier to push it to the back of my mind. Blessings, Donna