Reverence comes from a primitive root which means to fear; causatively to frighten: affright, be (make) afraid, dreadful fear, tremble. The dictionary will tell us that fear is deep respect, if that’s the case then what does reverence mean. I believe that fear doesn’t bring us escape from God but bring us closer.

 

If you would read the Amplified Bible you will realize that they replaced the word fear with reverence. There is power when we come before God with our hearts and minds carrying an attitude of reverence, not being afraid of Him or dreadful but giving him that deep respect and honour that he deserves.

 

As a worshipper, when the revelation of reverence hits you don’t lead people in worship when you know that you are living in sin or you are dry.  The sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu died as they offered strange fires before the altar of God; if they had reverence they wouldn’t have offered such fires. Reading the bible you will realize that fear and knowledge work together

 

In the wilderness the Israelites feared, dreaded God because they had seen many dying before them, ground opening, plagues, snakes and mighty things that God did. When they would approach God they were in dread hoping that they aren’t the ones next to die. When we worship what is it that you fear the most; to be struck down at the altar like Nadab and Abihu or you are just in the presence of the most loving being on earth, who forgives and loves us inspite of our sins?

 

Psalms 135:20 “Bless the Lord, O house of Levi [the dedicated tribe]; you who reverently {and} worshipfully fear the Lord, bless the Lord [affectionately and gratefully praise [Him]”.

 

Psalms 95:6 “O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker [in reverent praise and supplication]”.

 

Isa 38:19 “The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth. Blessed who reverently {and} worshipfully fears the Lord”.

 

Worldly respect and reverence bows, goes on its knees, prostrate, kiss the shoes, kisses the earth they step upon before your statesmen, great uncles, god’s of the area, superior’s and elders. When we come before God we can also bow, go on our knees and lie prostrate but that same respect and reverence we have for the world we do not have for God.

 

The fear that a worshipper carries is of deep respect, fear and that awe that He is God, the fact the he is the great God. It’s not the dread it’s the love to give him his position and place that he is God in everything. This same fear brings us before Him with the knowledge that He is a terrible and loving God at the same time.

Let our worship stem from awe, deep covenantal respect and honour for the one that we worship and deeply rooted in the knowledge of who He is. When God visits your heart what will he find?

 

Question: What other ways can we worship in reverence?

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