…set your heart to honour My name…set your heart to honour Me.
Malachi 2:2, NIV*
The study notes in my Bible say to read Nehemiah 13 to get the background for the prophet Malachi’s rebuke to the priests and the people of Israel. They’d returned from the Babylonian captivity, but they weren’t honouring God. And the people had broken faith: with one another, with their spouses, with God.
Some of the negatives Malachi said to them resonated with me as positive reminders of how to live.
Daily, we need to set our hearts to honour God.
We need to be like the first Levite priests, who “revered Me and stood in awe of My name.” (Malachi 2:5b)
“So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.” (Malachi 2:16b)
God’s name is His character. If we know Him, we can trust Him. If we say we’re His but don’t live like it, that gives others a poor example of who He is.
Father God, please grow in me a proper reverence for You, a love for You and awe of You. Help me to set my heart to honour You. Help me guard myself in my spirit, that I not break faith with You or with those around me. On my own I can’t do this, but I praise and thank You for Your grace, that the blood of Jesus has saved me and that Your Holy Spirit dwells in me. He can do what I can’t.