Great Reverence for God and His Word

Kevin Ibanez 

"And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered,“Amen, Amen,”lifting up their hands.And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.:  Nehemiah 8:5-6

In my devotional reading this morning, I came upon these verses in the Book of Nehemiah and was just floored at the level of reverence and respect the Hebrew people had for God and His word. As the High Priest Ezra opened the Hebrew Scriptures and began to read, all of those present stood to listen to God’s word being read and as a sign of respect to the magnificent, Creator, King of the Universe. This is what I call true dedication. How many of us would stand not only for the reading of God’s word, but for the sermon as well? I often am amazed at the lack of reverence I see for God and His Word in church services when the word of God is being taught. I see how we are such a distracted people, with our minds on everything else but God and His word during the time God’s word is being taught. This passage brought conviction to my heart. How many times have I checked my phone during service for a text or other message or update? How many times have I allowed my mind to wander instead of paying attention and following along with what the pastor was communicating?

A challenge for me and to all of us is to make it a habit to give all of our attention and focus to God when we are in the church service or during our devotional time spent with God. This may mean turning off our phones and getting away from our computers and other electronic devices so that we can truly give our best to God. Having a right and reverent heart that worships the Lord with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength may require that we take a look at our posture and position of worship. We may need to bow our hearts, our heads and our minds before our Lord so that we can truly give Him the worship that He is due and so rightly deserves.

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