Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 1, 2016

“you will honor Me.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 50:1-15.

“The Mighty One, God, the Lord, has spoken,
And summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God has shone forth.
3 May our God come and not keep silence;
Fire devours before Him,
And it is very tempestuous around Him.
4 He summons the heavens above,
And the earth, to judge His people:
5 “Gather My godly ones to Me,
Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
6 And the heavens declare His righteousness,
For God Himself is judge.  Selah.

7 “Hear, O My people, and I will speak;
O Israel, I will testify against you;
I am God, your God.
8 “I do not reprove you for your sacrifices,
And your burnt offerings are continually before Me.
9 “I shall take no young bull out of your house
Nor male goats out of your folds.
10 “For every beast of the forest is Mine,
The cattle on a thousand hills.
11 “I know every bird of the mountains,
And everything that moves in the field is Mine.
12 “If I were hungry I would not tell you,
For the world is Mine, and all it contains.
13 “Shall I eat the flesh of bulls
Or drink the blood of male goats?
14 “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving
And pay your vows to the Most High;
15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.”  Psalm 50:1-15.

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Today’s devotion focuses on honoring God. 

We don’t honor God by earthly sacrifices of bulls, goats, or other burnt offerings.  Verses 8-13.  They only serve as shadows or images of the sacrifice of His beloved Son Jesus Christ Who truly honored Him.

“Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving
And pay your vows to the Most High;”  Verse 14.

We honor God by being thankful for what He has done for us.  Verse 14.

We honor God for paying our vows.  Our marriage vow is among the most important and most relevant vows to pay.  Verse 14.

“Gather My godly ones to Me,
Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”  Verse 5.

We also honor God by gathering together to worship God at congregational worship services.  Verse 5.

“9 Honor the Lord from your wealth
And from the first of all your produce;
10 So your barns will be filled with plenty
And your vats will overflow with new wine.”  Proverbs 3:9-10.

We also honor God by setting aside some of our wealth when we receive it to give to God.

“13 “If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot
From doing your own pleasure on My holy day,
And call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable,
And honor it, desisting from your own ways,
From seeking your own pleasure
And speaking your own word,
14 Then you will take delight in the Lord,
And I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;
And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father,
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”  Isaiah 58:13-14.

We also honor God by honoring the Sabbath for worship, rest, and otherwise as a special holy day dedicated to the LORD.

“… He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.”  John 5:23.

We honor God by honoring His Son Jesus Christ.

“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this:  to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”  James 1:27.

We honor God by visiting and otherwise helping orphans and widows and by keeping ourself unstained by the world.

There are other ways to honor God.

In conclusion, we can only honor God by the work of the Holy Spirit in us.

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.  For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.  For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God;  for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”  Romans 8:1-7.

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6.

“Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.”  Verse 15.

Notice the emphasis of “will” as in “you will honor Me”.  Part of God’s grace is that He shall rescue us.  But, part of God’s grace is that He also causes us to honor Him as in “you will honor Me”.  

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