Posted by: dhkrause | November 11, 2013

Whom Will You Serve?

God created each of us with a free will, and a very central choice we all make is whom we will serve.  In fact, we make this choice continually: whether to worship and serve our Creator, the true and living God, or to worship and serve false gods including oneself.  God’s calling for each of us, if we have ears to hear, is to love and worship Him with all our heart and soul, as Moses declares in Deuteronomy 10:

Deuteronomy 10
12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you except to fear the Lord your God by walking in all His ways, to love Him, and to worship the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul? 13 Keep the Lord’s commands and statutes I am giving you today, for your own good.

Joshua presented the nation of Israel with this most critical choice – to worship false gods or to worship and serve Yahweh, the true and living God.  The people responded by renewing their Covenant with Him:

Joshua 24
14 “Therefore, fear the Lord and worship Him in sincerity and truth. Get rid of the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and worship Yahweh. 15 But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh.”

22 Joshua then told the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you yourselves have chosen to worship Yahweh.”
“We are witnesses,” they said.
23 “Then get rid of the foreign gods that are among you and offer your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.”
24 So the people said to Joshua, “We will worship the Lord our God and obey Him.”

When David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, he called for all the people of the earth to worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness:

 1 Chronicles 16
28 Ascribe to the Lord, families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
29 Ascribe to Yahweh the glory of His name;
bring an offering and come before Him.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness;
30 tremble before Him, all the earth.

In Psalm 2, David exhorts kings and judges to serve the Lord with reverential awe, and to pay homage to the Messiah, the Son of God when He comes:

Psalm 2
10 So now, kings, be wise;
receive instruction, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with reverential awe
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Pay homage to the Son or He will be angry
and you will perish in your rebellion,
for His anger may ignite at any moment.
All those who take refuge in Him are happy.

Psalm 100 urges people of all nations to serve the Lord with gladness, entering His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise:

Psalm 100
Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
come before Him with joyful songs.
Acknowledge that Yahweh is God.
He made us, and we are His —
His people, the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
and His courts with praise
.
Give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal;
His faithfulness endures through all generations.

The Psalmist in Psalm 103 commands his soul and all that is within him to praise Yahweh, and to remember and thank Him for all His many benefits:

Psalm 103
My soul, praise Yahweh,
and all that is within me, praise His holy name.
My soul, praise the Lord,
and do not forget all His benefits
.
He forgives all your sin;
He heals all your diseases.
He redeems your life from the Pit;
He crowns you with faithful love and compassion.
He satisfies you with goodness;
your youth is renewed like the eagle.

In Matthew 4, Jesus (Yeshua) defeated the devil and his temptations by standing firmly on the word of God.  He told him, for example, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”  Finally, the devil offered to give Jesus the kingdoms of the world if he would fall down and worship him.  Jesus replied with the only right choice for all people.

Matthew 4
Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.”
10 Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written:
Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.”
11 Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him.

In Mark 12, Jesus taught the most important commands of all:

Mark 12
29 “This is the most important,” Jesus answered: Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. 31 “The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.”

Our lives are all about whether or not we will continually make this choice to love, worship and serve the Lord with gladness, giving Him all we are.

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, https://compellinglove.net/, 11/10/13

 (Bible Quotations are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible.)


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