God has things that he requires of us to serve him. God requires us to fear him and keep his commands as our duty.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Singing to God is a requirement. It isn’t only for when you feel like it. God wants us to do it, no matter how we feel.
Psalm 100:1-2 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord…Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Having joy, gladness, and to sing to the Lord is a requirement of serving him.
Psalm 98:1-2 O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.
We sing about the great things God has done so the people around us will know. The queen of Sheba came and saw all of Solomon’s wealth, but she was very impressed that all his servants were happy (II Chronicles 9:6-7).
Psalm 96:1-4 O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth. Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
Giving thanks is a requirement. If we have a heart full of thankfulness, we’ll be able to sing with gladness and thanks.
Psalm 106:1-2 Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? who can shew forth all his praise?
We’ll be thankful for all things because we know God has a purpose, even when he sends us hard trials. God wants to see if we’ll be faithful and thankful in the hard trials. We learn the most by going through hard trials and can help others when they go through similar trials. If you’ve never gone through grief, you won’t know what someone is going through or how to help them. If we can’t sing without crying when we’re in grief, we can still have a song in our heart.
Ephesians 5:19-20 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
When we go through hard trials, there will be some hardness we have to endure. Those in the army have to fight regardless of how they feel. They don’t have beds, bathrooms, good food, or many other comforts. While we endure the hardness, we need to serve God with gladness. When we’re in a battle with all our heart, we do what we do willingly because we love God. We can’t get entangled in life’s affairs or we won’t endure like a soldier.
II Timothy 2:3-4 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
Studying God’s word is a required duty when we’re seeking him daily with all our heart. It can’t just be an obligation but we should love to do it. People leave God when they don’t have a heart desire to please him.
II Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The fear of God is required. It is our reverence, esteem, and awe because he created us and is all powerful. We fear him because we love him with all our heart. We need to remember the great things he has done in our lives like he told the Israelites. God has done wonderful miracles for us in saving us, bringing us to the truth, and many other things.
Joshua 4:19-24 And the people came up out of Jordan…in the east border of Jericho. And those twelve stones…out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. And he spake…saying, When your children shall ask their fathers…What mean these stones? Then…let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. For…God dried up the waters of Jordan…until ye were passed over, as the Lord…did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over: That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord…is mighty: that ye might fear the Lord…
God is to be feared, respected and shown reverence. How reverent are we if we’re on our phone or texting in church?
Psalm 89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them…about him.
It’s required that we pray for our enemies and for those who treat us badly. We will all be hurt by someone but we need to pray for them, not tell others how they wronged us. What’s our attitude if someone has an attitude against us? Do we have an attitude too? Jesus kept his mouth shut when people spoke evil against him. When someone at church says something that hurts us, we can’t tell them off. God won’t get glory by that and it won’t encourage unity in the body.
Matthew 5:44-45 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Asa did right in God’s eyes when he first became king. We need to keep seeking God as time goes by in our life.
II Chronicles 14:2-5 And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God: For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves: And commanded Judah to seek the Lord…to do the law and the commandment…and the kingdom was quiet before him.
Asa sought God, built cities with walls, and had an army of valiant men. The men had to be trained to be in the army. We need training to be in the Lord’s army when we’re saved. The Ethiopians came and greatly outnumbered them, but God helped them conquer because they strictly relied on God. He gives us victory too if we rely on him in our battles.
II Chronicles 14:8-12 And Asa had an army of men that bare targets and spears…three hundred thousand; and…that bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand: all…mighty men of valour. And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots…Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array…Asa cried…Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord…for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O Lord…let not man prevail against thee. So the Lord smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.
If we forsake God, he will forsake us too. He will be found, he will reward us, and will help us be brave if we seek him.
II Chronicles 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found…but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.
II Chronicles 15:7-8 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded. And when Asa heard these words…of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land…
Asa was determined to do what God wanted. He removed his mother from being queen because she wouldn’t follow God. She worshipped idols and was teaching others to so. There may be an idol in our heart that we didn’t see when we got saved. We’ll be lost if we don’t give it up when God shows us. We need to move up and obey if he shows us things.
II Chronicles 15:16 And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.
We’re required to support the work of God by tithing a 10th of our increase. We get a blessing when we tithe.
Malachi 3:8-10 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Edith Tolbert)