|Question||What is required in the first commandment?|
|Answer||The first commandment requireth us to know and acknowledge God to be the only true God and our God,1 and to worship and glorify him accordingly.2|
The Baptist Catechism Set to Music
Benjamin Beddome’s Exposition
Is it our duty to know God?
Know thou the God of thy fathers,
1 Chronicles 28:9
And to acknowledge him?
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
Should we do this by an humble fear of him?
I fear God,
And by an hearty confidence in him?
I trust in thee,
And by an entire submission to him?
Submit yourselves unto God,
Should we acknowledge God as our God?
One shall say I am the Lord’s,
And as the only true God?
Ye turned from idols to serve the living and true God,
1 Thessalonians 1:9
Should we do this publicly and in the face of the world?
And hast professed a good profession before many witnesses,
1 Timothy 6:12
Should we do it with judgment and understanding?
Choose ye this day whom ye will serve,
Should ye do it joyfully and without regret?
The jailer rejoiced, believing in God with all his house,
Should we do it sincerely and without deceit?
Son give me thine heart,
Should we do it entirely and without reserve?
Caleb hath wholly followed the Lord,
Should we do it resolutely and without hesitation?
Nay, but we will serve the Lord,
And should we do it fixedly and without revolt?
So will we not go back from thee,
Should we give up ourselves to the will of God?
Here am I, let him do to me as seemeth him good,
2 Samuel 15:26
And surrender ourselves to his government?
By thee only will we make mention of thy name,
And devote ourselves to his service?
Yield yourselves unto the Lord, and serve the Lord your God,
2 Chronicles 30:8
And has God a just right to all this?
Of thine own have we given unto thee,
1 Chronicles 29:14
Is it enough that we verbally devote ourselves to the Lord?
For we must vow and pay unto the Lord our God,
Must we therefore worship him?
We are an holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices unto God,
1 Peter 2:5
Must we do this with the inward man?
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And with the whole man?
All that is within me bless his holy name,
And with a view to Christ?
Their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar,
And by the assistance of the Spirit?
Strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inward man,
And in the way of his own appointments?
For in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men,
Should we also glorify God?
Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit,
1 Corinthians 6:20
Should we do this by a constant attendance on his ordinances?
All nations shall come and worship before thee, and shall glorify thy name,
And by an humble confession of our sins?
My son, give glory to God, and make confession to him,
And by a regular course of obedience?
Herein is my Father glorified, if ye bring forth much fruit,
And if called thereto by suffering for his sake?
This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God,
And will this in the end redound to our own advantage?
For them that honour me, I will honour,
1 Samuel 2:30
The Westminster Larger Catechism
|Question||What are the duties required in the first commandment?|
|Answer||The duties required in the first commandment are, the knowing and acknowledging of God to be the only true God, and our God;1 and to worship and glorify him accordingly,2 by thinking,3 meditating,4 remembering,5 highly esteeming,6 honoring,7 adoring,8 choosing,9 loving,10 desiring,11 fearing of him;12 believing him;13 trusting,14 hoping,15 delighting,16 rejoicing in him;17 being zealous for him;18 calling upon him, giving all praise and thanks,19 and yielding all obedience and submission to him with the whole man;20 being careful in all things to please him,21 and sorrowful when in anything he is offended;22 and walking humbly with him.23|