The Worship of the One Lord: Reflections on Deuteronomy 6:4-6

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. (Deuteronomy 6:4-6)

 “Hear!” It’s an imperative, a command. In fact the whole set of verses in this chapter are commands. God demands the worship of Him. Why? Because the Lord is “one”. He alone is God, there is none like Him, and He is worthy of worship and praise. What does it mean to worship God?

Worship is the expression of love. In all the things that we love we give praise. We praise our favorite sports teams, our favorite movies. We praise our wives and husbands, and children. We praise not only because it expresses our love but it completes our joy. Worship is the consummation of our joy in what we are praising. Our joy is not complete until we give praise, and so it is with God. Our joy in, our love for Him, is not complete until we praise Him. What a gift, that what God demands of us is the fulfillment of our satisfaction and pleasure in Him, where the greatest satisfaction and pleasure are found.

The text continues. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart…” My affections are to be set upon Him, not for gifts and blessings but for Himself. Love the giver more than the gift. God is to be at the very heart of everything I do. He is my first love. In all I do I seek to be satisfied in God, and to give Him the glory due His name.

“Love the Lord your God with all your…soul” My soul is to thirst after God. To be empty without Him. I am to fill up on the things of God and be satisfied with the bread of life, who is Jesus Christ. “As the deer pants for flowing streams, so my soul for you, O God.”

“Love the Lord your God with all your…might.” I am to expend myself in the pursuit of joy in God. I am to spend myself in pursuit of His glory. I am to use all my might in the worship of God. Whatever I do I do for His glory. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” All my might is pouring out in devotion to God. Not an ounce is to be left over to build up pride and self-indulgence, but all is spent in the joy and service of God.

If I am not happy in God then I am not truly happy. For the weaker and lesser joys of this world are but a shadow that comes and fades quickly, but joy in God is everlasting and satisfying to my soul. “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty forever. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Drink of Christ this day, spend yourself in pursuit of your joy in God, glorify Him in all you do and store up His word in your heart that you may know Him fully and meditate on His character continually. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and might: or to say it another way: “Love God with your whole being, for that is why you were made.” Everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made. (Isaiah 43:7)

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