Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12: 28
On this day, let us be thankful. Let us worship God with reverence and awe!
This verse reminds us that “we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken!” Are you not in awe of those words? It is almost unfathomable, isn’t it? But we have His promise that there is nothing in this life and for all eternity that can ever take His presence and love away from us – not ever!
That in itself is cause for worship and praise. But when we think of how thankful we are for the blessings of life and family, we have even more reason to be in awe of His goodness to us. And what about the joy and gratitude we have in our hearts for the saving grace of Christ?
Hopefully, this is one of those days when you are feeling blessed and as if you have every reason to give God praise. But if we’re honest, we can all admit that we have those days when we just aren’t feeling it, don’t we? We have that “emptiness” deep inside when we are so consumed with the busyness of life and all its burdens that we can’t find either gratitude or joy. God seems very distant and life seems overwhelming.
But this verse is a good reminder that we have every reason to worship Him, for He is ALWAYS worthy of our praise. We don’t have to be singing or worshiping with others, but we can quietly enjoy His presence and go to Him with hearts of love, praise, and honor. Worshiping God should be about encountering Him, connecting with Him in a deep, personal, and passionate way. We should long to express our love and adoration for Him. God doesn’t just want our presence in church on Sunday mornings. He wants all of us all of the time – our minds, bodies, emotions, hearts, and souls.
Our worship should be done with enthusiasm and gratitude and a desire to catch a glimpse of His love to refresh our spirits and renew our trust in Him. We have every reason to stand in total awe of His love and grace every single day, and we should remember to honor Him. And as we worship and praise His most holy name, our eyes will be taken off our own circumstances and the problems of this world and placed on Him. How reassuring to be reminded that His presence will always carry us through all life has to bring.
May our hearts be changed for Him. May we never lose our complete and total awe in His power, in His glory, and in His goodness to us.
Our most gracious Father, may we always remember that you are constantly with us – loving us and encouraging us on. May we never fail to glorify and worship you with reverence and awe, for you are truly worthy of our love and gratitude. Amen