Reverence

Recently, I’ve been doing a study on the book of Revelation.  I’m not going to get into trying to explain what it means, but the study has forced me to ask a very important question.  Do we give God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit the reverence they deserve?

I think if we simply look around society, we have to honestly answer that question with a “no.”  Society has taken the name of God and made a common swear out of it.  Society has taken the name of Jesus and used it as an utterance of contempt.  In Psalms 25 it says:

“To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.  O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.” – Psalm 25:1-2 ESV

Society has taken this plea of protection to the almighty creator of the universe and all that is in it and abbreviated it into “OMG.”  Society uses that abbreviation to decorate insignificant text messages about missing a phone call or spilling a cup of coffee.  Society uses that plea of protection on television, in movies, and constantly on the internet.  Society takes that plea of protection and turns it to trivial uses.  Let’s look at what the Scripture says:

“Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’ And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, ‘Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’

And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,

‘Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.’

Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!’

And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!’

And the four living creatures said, ‘Amen!’ and the elders fell down and worshiped.” – Revelation 5 ESV

What a beautiful picture!  Jesus is described in this reading as the “Lion of the tribe of Judah”, “the Root of David”, and “the Lamb.”  It says that He has conquered; that He is worthy.  It says that “myriads and myriads and thousands and thousands” worshipped with loud voice.  It says that He is worthy to receive “power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”  All that was in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and in the sea worshipped Him!

This is the type of reverence that God the Creator of the Universe and all that is in it, the Great I Am, the Alpha and the Omega deserves!  We need to remember that He is the creator and we are just the creation.

This the is reverence that Jesus the Son, the Prince of Peace, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Lamb that was slain, the Savior, the Messiah, the Redeemer deserves and is worthy of.  We need to remember that He is the Savior and we are just the saved.

In other words, we need to remember our station and quit trying to put ourselves above it.

One of the most beautiful examples of reverence I know is one that  I heard from a friend a couple of years ago.  He was telling me a story about hearing a child pray.  This child was about 5 years old and had already gone through more hardship than most adults have.  He had lost both parents and was homeless and hungry.  My friend had the honor of hearing this child pray.  Here was his prayer:

“Dear God,  you are God and I am not God.  So, You do what God does and I’ll be OK with that.  Amen.”

This young child understood reverence in a way that most adults can’t.  He put his trust in God!  He understood reverence toward God in a way that most adults can’t fathom.  He knew exactly who was in charge and he pleaded with his master and creator for help.

This is exactly why Jesus said:

“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:3

Let us always remember to honor our Father and give Him the reverence He deserves.

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One thought on “Reverence

  1. Diana says:

    People have lost respect for God by taking His name out of the context of the Bible and using His name flippantly in silly catch phrases. The danger for me is that the abundantly repetitious phrases tend to dull the senses, and I lose my sense of outrage over the use of God’s name. Unfortunately, it is a common move in Satan’s playbook.

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