I will also bless the foreigners who commit themselves to the Lord,
who serve him and love his name,
who worship him and do not desecrate the Sabbath day of rest,
and who hold fast to my covenant.
Isaiah 56:6, NLT*
Have we committed ourselves to God—bound ourselves to Him, in some translations?
We did at the moment of our salvation, but do we remember it and live it as strongly as we’d intended?
Committed to God: to belong to Him and to rely on His protection and grace.
Serving God: not to please ourselves, not to please others.
Loving His name: loving who He is, loving and proclaiming His character and reputation.
Worshipping Him: honouring, praising, obeying Him as God alone; keeping our minds and hearts fixed on Him.
Not desecrating the Sabbath: embracing and receiving the rest He gives. (For those who see the New Testament Sabbath rest as more than observing one day as holy, as a daily and ongoing rest, this is even more profound.)
Holding fast to His covenant (His new covenant, as established by the shed blood of Jesus): clinging to our salvation and walking in His light.
God who is worthy of worship and praise, God who saves us and changes us from foreigners to adopted daughters and sons, help us to fully commit ourselves to You. Help us serve and love You, worship You and live to Your glory. Help us live like the people You’ve called us to be, and keep our hearts fixed on You.
*New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.