In Whose Presence?

There is an alarming attitude among people today that has to do with the Person of God. It is understandable on the part of unsaved people but, nevertheless, very regrettable. It is far more regrettable when found in the lives of those who claim to be His people! There is a word that is used very carelessly today. It is the word “awesome.” Anything that is exciting, pleasing, interesting, is lightly said to be “awesome.” The word means that its object is “to be held in awe.” Instead, too many speak of God in common and shameful ways. “The Big Guy,” The Man upstairs,” ‘The Boss,” etc. It is sinful to neglect reverence toward Almighty God. He is the One to be held in awe! He is the Creator and Sustainer of all. He is Holy, pure, righteous, supreme, all glorious. We should bow in wonder before Him; in posture, when possible; in heart, when not possible. Ultimate respect is due Him! Authors, preachers, teachers, etc. have struggled to give worthy expression of His greatness. Hymnwriters have wrestled with finding lyrics that capture some sense of His awesomeness. One hymn, when carefully thought through, provides a noble effort to honor Him. In the well-known hymn, “Holy, Holy, Holy,” Reginald Heber provides some wonderful insights. Consider these from the second and third stanzas, “Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee, Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee, which wert and art and evermore shalt be. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness Hide Thee; though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see; Only Thou art holy – there is none beside Thee perfect in pow’r, in love and purity.” Selah! We who are His have access into His Presence. It would be terribly wrong to treat that privilege lightly! Offer Him honor, reverence, worship and thanksgiving and bask in His love!   Ron

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