Character Quality: Reverence
Character Quality: Reverence
Being irreverent is more in vogue these days than being reverent.
Let’s take this definition apart for a minute.
To acknowledge means to admit, to recognize, to know, to accept. Further, it means to declare and to give thanks. Therefore acknowledging God means to admit He is God, to recognize Him as God, to know He is God, to accept Him as God.
Paul speaks to the importance of this kind of acknowledgement in Romans 1 when he writes about the sure consequences of unbelief. “For God made it evident to them,” He says. God’s existence is obvious throughout creation. The intricacies in every leaf, every blade of grass, every sunrise, every creature, every cell point to a God of design — The Creator.
So who is God? He is the Creator, the Master of the universe, the One who holds it all together. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. He is the Great I Am. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty. He is Able and Worthy to be praised. He is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He is our Rock and our Salvation.
Holy is a term we don’t hear anywhere outside of religious circles. In Leviticus 19:2 it says, “be holy because I the Lord, your God am holy.” We are invited to imitate God and seek to be transformed into the image of His Son (Romans 12). We are called to exchange our hearts of stone for hearts of flesh (Ezekiel 11 and 36).
To be holy means that we are set aside for God’s purpose and plan, not our own. It means that we surrender to Him and His will. It means that we choose against willful ambitions and desires and seek to do whatever He tells us to do. Ultimately it means we die to ourselves and live for Him. It means that honoring and glorifying Him becomes our focus.
Those who seek to worship Him must do so in reverence. Worship begins by acknowledging He is holy, perfect, consecrated. Worship does not mean merely admiring God. It is possible to admire something without acknowledging its significance and authority.
Acknowledging means admitting He is and responding to that reality with praise.
To worship God is to acknowledge who He is. When we worship Him we acknowledge Him as the one true God, mighty to save!
Worship must be reverent. If it strays and becomes about the music or the artist or the show, then it’s no longer about God and His glory. As such it is no longer worship of God, but worship of man and as a result, it is blasphemy, a farce, just noise, a waste of time.
Reverence is key to worship. We must strive to keep our focus on Him who alone is Worthy. We must sing His praises. We must acknowledge His Lordship and authority. We must submit to His will.
Worship can take many forms. It can mean singing His praises or giving of our resources or sacrificing our time. It need not be relegated to an hour on Sunday morning, but it should characterize our lives each and every day. We should live in constant worship, constant acknowledgement of His authority in our lives and our submission to His will.
This kind of reverent worship isn’t dependent on circumstances or situations. It is based on an unchanging God.
When we worship in Spirit and in Truth, it is beautiful to the Lord — a sweet aroma. As we live in reverence to our God, others will notice. They will want to know about the hope that is within us. They will want to know who is this God we worship?
May reverent worship characterize our lives as we honor Him Who is Holy.