1 Samuel 2.30 For them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.
These words were spoken by the man of God to the priest Eli regarding the unholy behavior of his sons, Hopni and Phineas, who also were priests. The word of God said of these two men that the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not The Lord. Their ungodly, irreverent lifestyles were evidence of this fact. Here are men that hold a sacred office, but do not possess a sacred heart. They are not really followers of God.
How does one honor The Lord? We know that honoring The Lord is not a matter or saying all the right words. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. The Pharisees were guilty of this. They twisted Scripture to accommodate their own doctrines that gave birth to behavior that was contrary to God’s Word.
What, shall we sin (live in sin) that grace may abound? God forbid, says The Spirit of God. The choir of heaven sings, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. God receives glory and honor when our hearts are aligned with the things that bring Him pleasure, beloved. Thus pleasing God and honoring Him are one and the same thing.
The Psalmist declared, Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. Honoring God is a matter of the heart, and where the heart is, the mind and feet will follow. We honor The Lord by walking in humble submission before Him, for the Proverbs say, before honour is humility.
We honor Jesus Christ by abiding in Him, and doing those things that are pleasing in His sight. So before you speak or act today, ask yourself, is this going to honor The Lord? Will this magnify Him? Will I regret that I said that or did this? Walk close with The Lord today. Refuse to “wing it”. Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with thy God. That is how we honor Him.