Worship: Reverential Fear of God
Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
~ Psalm 33:8
When we come into this sweet relationship, we are beginning to learn astonished reverence, breathless adoration, awesome fascination, lofty admiration of the attributes of God and something of the breathless silence that we know when God is near.
You may never have realized it before, but all of those elements in our perception and consciousness of the divine Presence add up to what the Bible calls “the fear of God.”
There are very few unqualified things in our lives, but I believe that the reverential fear of God mixed with love and fascination and astonishment and admiration and devotion is the most enjoyable state and the most purifying emotion the human soul can know.
Oh Lord, let me reach these heights in my worship today— astonished reverence, breathless adoration, awesome fascination, lofty admiration, breathless silence—let me experience that 'reverential fear of God' this morning. Amen.
~ from “Whatever Happened to Worship?” by A. W. Tozer