We are quick to throw out a scripture about how the Lord will never forsake us …but not always that fast to quote a scripture that calls us to reflect on and evaluate our own behavior. As children of the Most High God, there is a way that we are to conduct ourselves.
This year our pastor has been talking about Kingdom living – living in a way that shows we honor God as King. Unfortunately, you and I don’t always treat God like He’s “the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, the awesome God … who has done for you these great and awesome things which you have seen with your own eyes” (Deuteronomy 10: 17, 21 AMP). There are times when we ignore His voice because we feel we know better. We take the glory for His strength and power. We don’t show our gratitude for what He’s provided. We refuse to sacrifice for Him as He did for us. We put Him on the back burner like He is just another person in our contact log.
Our Bible is full of examples of people who forgot their role around a king (earthly and heavenly), disobeyed a king, or tried to take a king’s glory. (For instance, Adam in Genesis 3, King Saul in 1 Samuel 13 & 15, Queen Michal in 2 Samuel 6, Queen Vashti in Esther 1, and King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4 to name a few.) It didn’t go well for them. God is a loving God, so He wants us to learn from their mistakes. He wants to give us our desires, hear us when we cry out to Him, and save us in our time of need. However, He wants to be treated like the King He is. He wants us to “fear and worship Him [with awe-inspired reverence and obedience]” (Psalm 145: 19 AMP). So take a moment and think: Do I truly honor the King of heaven?
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Psalm 145:18-19 (AMP) The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth (without guile). He will fulfill the desire of those who fear and worship Him [with awe-inspired reverence and obedience]; He also will hear their cry and will save them.
Psalm 145:18-19 (TLB) He is close to all who call on him sincerely. He fulfills the desires of those who reverence and trust him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them.