Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 28, 2022

“Worship the LORD with reverence And rejoice with trembling.”

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 12:42-51.

“It is a night to be observed for the LORD for having brought them out from the land of Egypt;  this night is for the LORD, to be observed by all the sons of Israel throughout their generations.

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the Passover:  no foreigner is to eat of it;  but every man’s slave purchased with money, after you have circumcised him, then he may eat of it.  A sojourner or a hired servant shall not eat of it.  It is to be eaten in a single house;  you are not to bring forth any of the flesh outside of the house, nor are you to break any bone of it.  All the congregation of Israel are to celebrate this.  But if a stranger sojourns with you, and celebrates the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near to celebrate it;  and he shall be like a native of the land.  But no uncircumcised person may eat of it.  The same law shall apply to the native as to the stranger who sojourns among you.”

Then all the sons of Israel did so;  they did just as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron.  And on that same day the LORD brought the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their hosts.”  Exodus 12:42-51.


Today’s Scripture leads us to meditate more generally on worship.  God has the right to regulate how we worship Him.  We are not free to worship God in any way we want.

Here is a link which explains the Regulative Principle of Worship through an article titled “Public Worship and the Reformed Faith” by Professor Barrett L. Gritters of the denomination Protestant Reformed Churches –

“11 Worship the LORD with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!” Psalm 2:11-12.


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