We are to honor the Lord. That
is one of the reasons He created us - to exalt Him and to
exult joyfully and serenely in the majesty of our God. Given
His infinite holiness though, we need to make sure that He
is pleased with our efforts to honor Him; that is what this
exquisite Psalm is about. Our Lord gives a way out of the
worship that does not honor Him. This solution is found in
two key verses.
VERSE 15: Honor is a response to God’s immediate presence in
Here God provides a desperately needed rebuke and a winsome
encouragement. As a nation, Israel was far from God. They
were offering up continuous worship including daily animal
sacrifices as they pursued their own sinful ways while
casting God’s words behind them, V. 16-18. They sought to
honor God with their external
worship while their lives were an abomination to Him.
To the wicked, God’s rebuke is terrifying. He mercifully
warns them that He will “tear them into pieces” for bringing
worship before Him as if He would be pleased by such
hypocrisy. He rebukes them in their ignorance, “These things
you have done and I kept silence; You thought that I was
just like you; I will reprove you and state the case in
order before your eyes.” V. 21.
Many in Israel were unsaved, but God’s correction here is
not just to the unbelieving. The Lord is also exhorting the
remnant, “Gather My godly ones to Me, Those who have made a
covenant with Me by sacrifice”. V. 5. Then to His true
worshipers, God unveils the
dynamic of honor that glorifies Him. “Call upon me in the
trouble; I shall rescue you, and then you will honor me.” V.
True and God pleasing worship is that which is a sincere
response to the immediate presence of God in our lives.
There is nothing more delightful to the human soul than His
presence. It soothes our hearts, and provides us with
blessed peace. And when we
experience the reality that “God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble”, Ps 46:1, “honor” becomes an
expression of our lips. It rises fervently from the depths
of our being. It ascends to the Mighty One sitting on the
1. Identify those difficulties that have been pressing down
upon your souls recently. What are the trials and distresses
that have been causing you stress, anxiety, doubt, and/or
discouragement? Bring them before the Lord in faith filled
petitions for God’s deliverance.
1 Peter 5:6-7.
2 Wait for God’s response of rescue. Ps 130:6. He is
faithful. Jesus Christ will deliver you from trouble. He
will provide rest. The Lord will display His loving and
immediate power in our lives. 2 Cor 1:8-11.
3 Then bring honor to the Lord. Shout to the Lord with joy.
Ps 100:1. Express to Him the joy of His loving deliverance.
This is worship that is sincere and true. This is worship
produced by the Spirit of God in heart-felt response to the
glory of God within you. Ps 63:1-8.
VERSE 15: Honor is overflowing gratitude to God caused by
the renewed experience of salvation.
Here the Lord gives us a second key to honor that pleases
Him. “He who
offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; and to him who
orders his way aright, I will show the salvation of God.” Ps
50:23. This verse should cause our hearts to leap. If we
appropriate God’s grace to order our way aright, He will
display His salvation in our hearts, and then we will honor
Him with Spirit wrought sacrifices of thanksgiving. This
salvation is Christ in you, the hope
of glory. Col 1:27.
1. Ask God to search your heart to see if there is any
sinful way in you that is grieving His Spirit; Ps 139:23-24;
2. Plead with God to give you the godly sorrow that
omnipotent power for fresh deliverance. A renewed joy of
salvation will be coupled with the zeal of genuine
repentance of any and all sin in our lives. 2 Cor 7:11.
3. When God displays the new sensation of Christ in your
heart, offer thanksgiving to the Lord for the joyful
experience of power, peace and joyful holiness provided by
your infinitely gracious and merciful God. Then you will
exult in Christ, and this will honor the Mighty One, God,
the Lord, V. 1. Ps 107:8-9, 15, 23, 30-32.