Puritan pastor, Thomas Boston, tells us that “knowledge is the foundation of all religion.” The First Commandment distinguishes the nature of worshiping the True God as it separates Him from all other ‘so-called” gods. He is to be worshiped and He alone! He is to be worshiped according to His own prescriptions and not according to our own ideas about who He is or what His worship should look like.
Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
Question 45-47 – Lesson Audio
Boston instructs us on the First Commandment as follows;
“Here are the three chief duties of this command. 1. Knowing. 2. Acknowledging. 3. Worshiping and glorifying. That these are required here, is evident: for it is impossible that we can have God for our God, if we do not know him; and seeing the command requires the obedience of the whole man, it necessarily binds us to acknowledge, worship, and glorify him accordingly.”
We cannot worship the God whom we do not know! Boston tells us “And forasmuch as where the end is required, the means also leading thereto are required, so the diligent study and observation of the word and works of God, and all means leading thereto, are hereby required of us; such as praying, hearing sermons, catechising, etc.”
Once we know Him, and know about Him, We can acknowledge Him for who He is and then we are able to worship Him correctly, glorifying Him.
I encourage you to read Bostons works, Vol 2. as He comments on the Westminster Shorter Catechism and the Scriptures that it deals with
I also encourage you to listen in on our discussion of these things Question 45-47 – Lesson Audio
Get to know God for who He is and your worship will not only be correct, but lively and beautiful. Worship is the proper response of the redeemed heart to God. It is passionate and full. (See previous post on the Catechism Love, Obedience and the Nature of God ).
2 Peter 3:17-18 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.