Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: Hebrews 12:28
I have a separate blog where I do studies on biblical marriage, and one discussion I had at one point was on Ephesians 5:33. In this verse, it tells women to reverence their husband. The Greek word used is phobetai, which has a connotation of fear. I do not think Paul’s intent was that a woman actually be afraid of her husband since a relationship based on fear would not be good, and because God does not expect us to be afraid. Perfect love casts out fear.
The English word reverence helps to put it into better perspective, but in studying out the word phobetai, which has a meaning of fleeing from, I believe the definition comes closer to respect for the power and position of her husband. One definition that I saw used the word “awestruck.” I do understand that in a post-feminist world, the idea of a woman being in awe of a husband’s authority would be considered strange. However, that’s a conversation for my other blog.
I said that to lead into a conversation of our fear of the Lord. Certainly, we should have a healthy fear of God. I remember as a child being fearful of my father because he was a tall man and I was so little. And my father was relatively good-natured. As children of God we shouldn’t be afraid of God’s wrath but have a healthy respect for it, however, we should be in awe of him.
If the position of a man in his house seems powerful and his position great, how much more should we consider the power of our God and his position as our King, our Savior, our Redeemer? This God who created the Universe and everything in it. This God who has all power of time, space, material and spiritual things, who can call things into existence by His word….who can step into time and space in the form of a man. Our limited minds cannot fathom just how great this God is, and so we are left in total awe of Him. As I considered these things this morning, all I could do was praise Him.
In my praise, the words of a song came to me from long ago, “More Precious Than Silver” by Lynn DeShazo:
Lord, you are more precious than silver,
Lord, you are more costly than gold
Lord, you are more beautiful than diamonds
And nothing I desire compares with you.
Who can weigh the value of knowing you?
Who can judge the worth of who you are?
Who can count the blessings of loving you?
Who can say just how great you are?
Our words may seem very feeble when we praise God, but He wants them nonetheless, and it should never be underestimated the power inherent in praise, becaue God inhabits the praises of His people. It’s a wonderful thing if we can maintain being “awestruck” by Him. To stand in His presence and continually be aware that He is greater than anything else we could know. To worship Him in the beauty of His holiness. To consider the greatness of His love and mercy toward us. As I praised Him this morning, the sun was brilliant in the sky and I recalled the scripture which says his countenance is as the sun shineth in his strength. How glorious that must be!
Lord, help me to always be awestruck by you.