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Thoughts on Reverence

I came across the the following information this afternoon and my studies and felt the analogies and information given would be an encouragement to all who would read it. I hope it serves as a blessing to you this day as it has for me

TO BE HAD IN REVERENCE

Drivers who are meticulous about traveling the speed limit may do so for different reasons. Some are conscientious.

They believe that out of respect for the safety of themselves and other motorists that it is a wholly proper thing to do. Others will travel the speed limit out of fear. Some fear getting caught by the police. Teen drivers probably fear getting caught by their parents. Still others travel the speed limit because they do not have any choice. Lack of horsepower or the mechanical condition of their cars takes away the option of traveling at a higher rate of speed. Each is doing the same thing but for different reasons.

The same can be said about worshipping God as we do today. We are each doing so, but our motives may vary. I’m sure that most people are here because there is nowhere else they would rather be. But that cannot be said for all. We are confident that some are here out of fear…the fear of hell, the fear of parents, the fear of “how it might look” can cause some who desire to be elsewhere to join with us this Lord’s Day.

If we were able to go back through time we would likely find that people really have not changed. Be it at Mount Sinai, the dedication of the temple or the keeping of any of the feast days the motivation of worshipers liked varied. However, one thing that did not vary was the attitude of the worshipers. When it comes to the attitudes we present He is quite demanding.

David declared, “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.” (Psalm 89:7). When we assemble we are to show God the respect He is due. Not only does He deserve it but He also demands it.

Consider matters of simple respect:

At a memorial service for a fallen soldier all in attendance are quiet and respectful. On Sunday morning we honor the Christ who died for us (I Thessalonians 5:9-10).

At a movie we become frustrated over those who talk during the show and move about the theatre.

A schoolteacher’s ability to maintain order and effectively work with each child in her class demands respect from each student for her and all of his fellow students. To accomplish this she requires each to stop talking and remain in their seats.

How much more is our God to be respected! Even beyond respect, He is to be revered. The prophets had to reach people who certainly did not properly revere God. Many ignored Him in favor of idols and among those who did claim to worship Him there was a relaxed attitude. People felt that they could do what they wanted when they wanted in matters of worship. In the midst of this period one made a very simple plea: “But the LORD is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him.” (Habakkuk 2:20). It’s a simple matter of respect for Him and our fellow worshippers. Tom Lynch

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