We sing many songs and pray many prayers that cry out those common words worthy, worthy, worthy, but worthy of what? Praise? Yeah we can do that because praise is joyful and makes us feel good. Like flattering or flirting with someone we want to impress, even if we don’t mean it we can still enjoy doing it knowing that there will be a return on the investment of our efforts. Love? Yeah we can love Him, after all, He first loved us. Plus, like plotting children being affectionate to get their way or something they want we know that we can’t send up our wish list of prayer request without first saying some “I love You’s” and showing some affection. But what about reverence? How often to we truly purely reverence God? He is, above all, worthy of reverence.
Most moderne Christians are severely lacking in the area of reverence to God because it is so humbling and the truth is, we just don’t like to be humbled anymore. We want a God that is our friend, our buddy, our companion, and even sometimes our servant as we spend more time telling Him what we want Him to do then we do asking Him what He wants us to do. However, what we don’t want is a God who is, well, a God.
We may not mean to or even realize that we are doing it but we’ve been slowly conditioned to lose our reverence and have replaced it with the deceitful illusion of near equality with God. We don’t like to acknowledge with our hearts that “as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways higher than our ways, and His thoughts than our thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)
Like a child who feels their parents are more their friend then their parents, we may love God but we don’t respect and reverence Him for who and what He really is, nor our lowly place in comparison to Him and that greatly hinders our spiritual growth. In fact, it is crippling the church because we can not move in true faith and authority to a God that we do not reverence or esteem much higher then ourselves. We must humble ourselves and acknowledge our lowly place of limitations and inabilities while acknowledging how much higher, more powerful, and more capable He is. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, unfailing, the creator of all things, his hands hold galaxies, set huge worlds to spinning, tiny hearts to beating, and wipes our every tear.
Take time to humble yourself and acknowledge who and what He really is. You’ll find that when you do, your faith is stirred, your peace returns, your hope, your spiritual authority, and your right standing with God. The simple truth that reverence helps us to grasp is that, though our situations and problems might be big compared to us, they are nothing when compared to Him, and that is worthy of reverence.
“Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars; yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness; the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory. The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever. The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.” – Psalms 29:1-11