When We Are Thankful
Acceptable Worship – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:14-27
Key Verse: Hebrews 12:28
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe
The thought that God accepts any kind of worship has never been true. God has always instructed His followers on the proper ways of worship. As God led Israel into the Promised Land, He warned them on many occasions not to worship Him as the heathen nations worshipped their false gods. In our printed scripture for today we see the phrase “so worship God acceptably.” I believe it’s logical to conclude from that phrase that there is an unacceptable way of worshipping!
Three words are surrounding this phrase about acceptable worship. The first word is “thankful.” This scripture says we should be thankful in our worship. God is delighted when we worship Him with praise and thanksgiving! Our gratitude is the best indicator of our faith in God. Being thankful in worship doesn’t mean we don’t have any problems; it means we believe God is on top of our problems. Earlier, in Hebrews 11:6, the writer tells us that it is impossible to please God without faith! Yes, acceptable worship is full of thankfulness!
A second word that is used around the phrase “acceptable worship,” is reverence. I hope it is obvious that true worship means a heart filled with reverence for the object of our worship! Webster says that “revere” means to hold in great regard, respect and esteem. A worshipper that is acceptable to God must hold God and His name in great regard, with great respect! Tomorrow we will look at the third word concerning acceptable worship.
Father, I want to worship you acceptably, not as I choose, but as you have instructed me. You are a Holy God. Thank you for all my blessings. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.