The preamble of the Ten Commandments was essential for Israel to understand why they should obey them. If someone refrains from having other gods, the rest of the commands will follow. If we hold to this proper view of God, we will come to see the commandments not as burdens but as natural expressions of our worship.
How could we make an idol to worship when the one true God is always with us and worthy of all our worship? How can we misuse the Lord’s name and disrespect Him when we understand how glorious He is and what He has done for us? How can we refuse to set aside time to worship Him when our hearts that have been transformed by the gospel want to worship Him non-stop? How can we mistreat other people for our own selfish gain when Christ served us with such humility? When it comes to obeying God, it all begins with knowing Him, loving Him, and revering Him.
In what area—knowing God, loving God, or revering God—can you grow more to fuel your obedience?