[CF Devotionals] The First Commandment

The Ten Commandments, Part 5

Our Relationship with God

Some say religion is a crutch, and therefore something we should learn to get along without. Better said that if one is crippled from sin, then the crutch that Christ offers, Himself, His Spirit should be gratefully accepted.

“When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”

On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick”” (Matthew 9:11-12).

With dependence on the Lord, must also come submission.

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

Why should there be such a problem submitting to the one who gave up all for us? The problem is that our sinful nature gets in the way. Webster tells us that “submission is yielding control to another.” Can we do any better, then, than to submit to the God of the universe?

I think you can see that when we are talking about the first commandment, we are really talking about our relationship to God, and the fact that we are called to put Him before all others, that we are commanded to worship Him. I want you to think in terms of worshiping the Lord for yourself, not in terms of something the church leadership does on Sunday Mornings. I also want you to take seriously the fact that the worship of God should be the first priority of one who really wants to respond to the Lord.

“You shall have no other gods before Me.” for “I am the Lord your God,…” therefore “Worship the Lord with reverence, and rejoice with trembling. Do homage to the Son,… How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!” (Exodus 20:3; 20:2; Psalm 2:11-12)
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.

For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the Earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care…”

(Psalm 95:1-7).

Next week, we will begin a study of the Second Commandment.

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