Give honor to Whom it is due.
3 But let the righteous be glad. Let them rejoice before God: Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. 4 Sing to God, sing praises to His Name. Extol Him Who rides on the clouds, by His Name Jehovah, and rejoice before Him (Psalm 68).
We receive people differently, depending on our relationship with them, their fame or professional title. Prominent people are treated with respect and honor. They get the best seats, services, and a standing ovation. There’s a decorum that is expected of those who will be in the presence of one who is highly esteemed. How do you conduct yourself in the Presence of God?
9 I will praise You, O Lord, among the people; I will sing to You among the nations. 10 For Your Mercy reaches unto the heavens, and Your Truth unto the clouds. 11 Be exalted, O God, above the Heavens. Let Your Glory be above all the Earth (Psalm 57).
Not for nothing do we glorify and praise our God: He forgives all the offences that others would not; He always speaks Truth; He is Holy, and full of Glory and Power; He is Our Everlasting Father, and Savior. There’s no one like our God. God deserves our highest praise and honor. Within the congregation of God’s people, don’t hold back your praise just because there are others around. Lift up your voice and worship your God like your life depends on it. Exalt The Great I AM with all your being because He is worthy. Don’t give your best praise and adulation to mere humans; they are just as imperfect and unique as you are. God is exalted above the highest Heavens by His creation. He deserves the greatest honor from those who inhabit the Earth—those who have been created to have a relationship with Him.
6 “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I Am The Father, where is My honor? And if I Am a Master, where is My reverence? Says The Lord of hosts, to you priests who despise My Name. Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your Name?’…8 And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?” Says The Lord of hosts (Malachi 1).
Animal sacrifices are no longer offered in worship and service to God. The Lord Jesus offered Himself for the sins of all mankind, once and for all. Unlike the priests and people who gave God what they didn’t want, God gave us His most precious possession—His Only Son.
When we prepare gifts for those we love, we often go out of our way to get what we think is the best. When we come before The Lord to honor him, we should consider what we are offering. We bring our offerings and tithes as an acknowledgement of God’s Goodness; we give Him a portion of our earnings as a reminder that everything we have comes from Him. When we give God begrudgingly, we don’t give Him the honor He deserves. Our offerings of thanksgiving express our desire to honor God. Why we give will determine what we offer God. If there’s a good reason to give, we will do so willingly. Bring an acceptable and pleasing offering to The Lord. Give God the best of your substance, and do so cheerfully.
8 Let my mouth be filled with Your praise, and with Your glory all the day (Psalm 71).
We should be careful with our words. Our words tell others about our attitude toward them, and they also give a sense of what kind of people we are. Words can hurt, bless, curse, encourage or repel others. We are affected by the words we speak to ourselves and others. Fill your mouth with God’s praise and glory, before you open it. Think of how your words glorify God before you speak them. We are more likely to speak words that edify, respect and encourage ourselves and others, if we speak as those who are in His Presence.
18 “For assuredly, I say to you, till Heaven and Earth pass away, one jot or one title will by no means pass from the Law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these Commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5).
The Lord gave us His Commandments to live by. He esteems His Law above the existence of Heaven and Earth. He requires that we keep His Commandments, to the best of our ability. When we know what pleases a loved one, we will try to do it. We honor those we love. If we honor God, we will delight in keeping His Ways. God honors those who honor His Commandments: but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. Our obedience is evident to others. When we know God’s Ways, but fail to implement them in our lives, we teach others to be flippant about their own commitment to please God. Those who will be honored in the Kingdom of God are those who teach others, while practicing what they preach.
21 The Lord is well pleased for His Righteousness’ sake; He will exalt the Law and make it honorable (Isaiah 42).
The Lord will exalt His Law and honor it above all other laws of mankind. The Law is righteous and those who keep it become a delight to The Lord. If you desire righteousness, keep God’s Law: Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength; And love your neighbor as yourself.
41 “I do not receive honor from men. 42 But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. 43 I have come in My Father’s Name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44 How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from The Only God? (John 5)”
The Lord Jesus did not receive honor from men because His honor came from God. He didn’t receive honor from those He came to teach and save because they honored their religious leaders above Him. Those who receive Christ honor God Who sent Him. They receive Him without the angst of being rejected by others. It’s unfortunate how we idolize people because they have great accomplishments, are religious, wealthy or famous. We are willing to hang on their views on issues, while we disregard what Christ has said. He is the same today and forever. Our love for God is shown by the reception we give to His Son. Many will not receive Christ in their lives because they are worried about what others will think. They love the honor from others, more than the honor of God. They love others more than they love God.
17 For we are not, as so many, peddling the Word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 2).
It is vital that those who teach and preach the Word of God don’t do it solely for profit or gain. Those who teach God’s Word should do so as those who have been sent by God. God’s Word should be taught and spoken with the honor He gives it. The messengers of God are sent in Christ, and not in their own name. They are to speak in Christ, Who did not speak to receive accolades from men, but instead honored God. Those who speak God’s Word do so in the sight of God, in one accord with Christ.
God holds the highest place of honor, above all things and people. We honor Him by keeping His Ways, by living as children who honor their Father, and doing everything in concert with The Lord Jesus. By offering our highest praise and thanksgiving, we glorify God with our substance. We should not concern ourselves with what others think of us; our honor comes from God. Those who teach God’s Truth should be careful to not use their role for their own selfish ambitions. As messengers of God and children of God, our words should be weighed carefully. If we fill our mouths and thoughts with God’s praise and glory, we will not stumble.
Oh come, let us sing to The Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before His Presence with thanksgiving. Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. 3 For The Lord is The Great God, and the Great King above all gods (Psalm 95).