Lesson 5: April 28-May 4

‘Serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear’


3. How are we to serve God? Hebrews 12:28.

NOTE: The humility of Solomon when he acknowledged before God, “I am but a little child” (1 Kings 3:7), his reverence for things divine, his distrust of self, and his exaltation of the infinite Creator, all these traits of character were revealed when, during his dedicatory prayer, he knelt as a humble petitioner. Christ’s followers today should guard against the tendency to lose the spirit of reverence and godly fear. They should approach their Maker with awe, through a divine Mediator. The psalmist has declared: “O come, let us worship and bow down: Let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker.” Psalm 95:6 Both in public and in private worship it is our privilege to bow on our knees when we offer our petitions to God.’ From Splendour to Shadow, page 23.


4. How did David exhort Solomon to serve God? 1 Chronicles 28:9.

NOTE: Consider another example, ‘Joseph [after being sold as a slave] believed that the God of his fathers would be his God. He then and there gave himself fully to the Lord, and he prayed that the Keeper of Israel would be with him in the land of his exile. His soul thrilled with the high resolve to prove himself true to God, under all circumstances to act as became a subject of the King of heaven. He would serve the Lord with undivided heart; he would meet the trials of his lot with fortitude and perform every duty with fidelity. One day’s experience had been the turning point in Joseph’s life. Its terrible calamity had transformed him from a petted child to a man, thoughtful, courageous, and self-possessed.’ Patriarchs & Prophets, page 214.

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