Worshiping Yahweh correctly does not just mean us revering him; it means us teaching others how to do the same.
Since God’s people repeatedly chose to break the covenant their ancestors made with Yahweh, he enacted its curses (Deut 28)—as we see in the fall of Israel and Judah. The message that closes 1–2 Kings is that God is faithful to his covenants and their stipulations—whether it means enacting a blessing or a curse—even when his followers are not.
Today, we may not live under the old covenant—we have the new covenant enacted by Jesus, where the law is written on our hearts and we are free to worship anywhere and everywhere—but the lessons of 1–2 Kings still hold. We must be serious about our worship, seeking Yahweh with our entire being. But we shouldn’t just be about worship: we must also teach others, express our gratitude toward Yahweh, and act like we believe in him. We must love both Yahweh and others—completely, wholly, and even dangerously.
John D. Barry et al., eds., DIY Bible Study (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2014).