Honor The Lord Thy God

Honor The Lord Thy God

Honor The Lord Thy God

HONOR (Hebr. “kabod”; Aramaic, “yeḳar”; in A. V. used also as translation of “hadar”):  Either the distinction or excellence manifested by a man, or the mark of distinction accorded to him. “Kabod,” when a manifestation of God, is translated “glory” (Ex. xvi. 10, and elsewhere).*

The dictionary defines  Honor as fairness (the absence of deceit or fraud), personal integrity, reverence, high respect, creditable courteous regard, meritorious in rank, high public esteem, fame, the glory to worship (due to God).
Certainly God is due His Honor and more for all that He has done for you (and for me).
Listed below are but a few ways to Honor the Lord, Thy God of your own free will:
Honor The Lord With You:

  • …”and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, in praise, in name, and in honor, and that you may be a holy people to the LORD your God, just as He has spoken.” (Deuteronomy 26:19)
  • From man to God:  “Both riches and honor come from You,  And You reign over all.  In Your hand is power and might;  In Your hand it is to make great  And to give strength to all.” (1 Chronicles 29:12)
Honor The Lord With Sacrificial Offerings:
  • Why do you kick at My sacrifice and My offering which I have commanded in My dwelling place, and honor your sons more than Me, to make yourselves fat with the best of all the offerings of Israel My people?’ (1 Samuel 2:29)

Honor The Lord And He Will Honor You (Hold You In High Esteem):

  • …for those who honor Me I will honor,… (1 Samuel 2:30);
  • For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. (Psalm 8:5); and,
  • His glory is great in Your salvation; Honor and majesty You have placed upon him. (Psalm 21:5)

Honor The Lord With Your Possessions:

  • Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the first fruits of all your increase;  So your barns will be filled with plenty,  And your vats will overflow with new wine. (Proverbs 3:9-10)

Honor The Lord With Your Personal And Professional Time:

  • “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the LORD honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words, (Isaiah 58:13); and,
  • “A son honors his father, And a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honor? And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence? Says the LORD of hosts To you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’ (Malachi 1:6)

Honor The Lord For His Worthiness:

  • Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and gladness are in His place. (1 Chronicles 16:27);
  • Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty, (Psalm 104:1);
  • “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” (Revelation 4:11);
  • And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13); and,
  • After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!  (Revelation 19:1)
Note:   Short change the Lord and you will get yourself short-changed in strength, offerings (His blessings to you), length of days, honor, possessions, time, and most of all your own worthiness.
  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
*Honor (source:  Jewish Encyclopedia)

Occasionally also when predicated of man (Ps. lxii. 7; Prov. iii. 35); but when coupled with “hod” (= “glory”) it is rendered “honor” (Ps. xxix. 2; Mal. i. 6). From God comes honor to man (I Chron. xxix. 12; Ps. viii. 6 [A. V. 5]; I Kings iii. 13; Dan. v. 18). Honor comes through wisdom (Prov. iii. 16, iv. 8) and fear of the Lord (ib. xxii. 4). “Before honor is humility” (Prov. xv. 33, xviii. 12); the humble in spirit upholds it (Prov. xxix. 33). Honor is due to God (Prov. iii. 9; Mal. i. 6; comp. Isa. xxix. 13; Prov. xiv. 31), to parents (Ex. xx. 12), to the aged (Lev. xix. 32), to the Sabbath (Isa. lviii. 13), and to those that fear the Lord (Ps. xv. 4).



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2 thoughts on “Honor The Lord Thy God

  1. Dear Friend Mary:

    I loved the scripture you used, especially Isaiah 58:13 about not using God’s sabbath day as a day of ones own pleasure! So many people including Christians do not understand the seriousness of keeping God’s holy day “holy”! I mean Tim and I get together with our daughters and their families almost every Sunday —– after worshiping God in our churches. The fellowshiping is good and of God and we don’t normally do any kind of physical labor. Tim and I do water the garden and take care of our pets and chickens on Sunday. Excellent article my friend!
    God bless and take care.
    Yours in Christ,
    Lily 🙂

  2. Hi Lily! I was reminded about Honoring the Lord because of His teaching particularly about finances: tithing, first fruits, and offering sacrifices onto Him. There was a book being circulated around in church that tithing wasn’t really mandatory “because He took it all upon Himself.” I refused to read the book when it was offered to me because I believe in God’s teaching on biblical finances and I practice it. It’s not that anything is mandatory; however it’s all about Honoring the Lord with all of our substance and following His commandments.

    I sometimes believe the people are trying to find an excuse to not do what God is saying avoiding accountability.


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