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Today's article is majored on reverence, and not deference. And I want to start by enlightening us about the way God is highly revered and honoured in the great angelic assembly. In accordance with the maskil of Ethan, the Ezrahite, we are discussing about a God greatly feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all those who are around Him in heaven. It actually reads, "For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord? Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings? In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; He is more awesome than all who surround him. Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you" (Psalm 89:6-8 NIV). Got it? More below!

Reference: Hebrews 12:28 English Standard Version (ESV) "Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe."

Godly reverence is the light of divine attention. It grants us dominion over all things, a dominion unquestionably ascribed to every Christian, simply as the effluence of his inwardness and peity toward God. Through heartfelt and godly reverence toward God, we are renewed after the image of God and it positions us to perfectly grow in His knowledge, walk in righteousness, and work toward complete true holiness, because we fear God. To that effect, 2nd Corinthians 7:1 says, "Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God" (NIV).

Those who have reverential fear for the Lord are invaluable to the Lord above all other people, and it activates distinguishing favours in their lives. When you develop such reverence, it will highly influence your relationship with humans, as well as your choices, when it comes to deep matters pertaining human affairs. For instance, when the king of Egypt secretly spoke to the Hebrew midwives to negatively manipulate the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and ensure that the male children were massacred, the Bible says in Exodus 1:17 (NKJV): "But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive." Regardless of the fact that the King was involved, they chose to fear the Lord and save the male children.

Reverential fear is a powerful virtue. It heightens our walk with God with high moral principles. In fact, the precise kind of heightening cannot be wholly described by my personal interpretations in this article. I could miss the accurate, relevant and appropriate "word" picture because it is bigly astonishing. Even if I accommodate it in my imagination or pin it at the centre of my faculty of perception, it will still spread and occupy all the spaces available within my mental production. Maybe next time, it would be more possible to discover a sharp and well-defined distinction and importance in the vast resources of my lexicon, to quantify the magnifying and amplifying effect of reverential fear. Even natural science and technology cannot undermine the influential effect of godly reverence to God in all of their branches of manifold discovery.

What more can I say? Reverential fear is the honourability that triggers in us, the ability to give freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. Jonah 1:16 (MSG) reads, "The sailors were impressed, no longer terrified by the sea, but in awe of God. They worshiped God, offered a sacrifice, and made vows." The real force of godly reverence will empower you to discover the exclusive necessity and remarkable benefits of offering spiritual sacrifices to the Lord, tithing and partaking in all kinds of oblation. Therefore, let the gracious influence of this significant virtue soak into your inward being, such that there can never be an inconsistency between your sincere, heartfelt worship and honour to God and the outward evidence of your devotional compliance to His will. Stay tuned for part 3. Shalom!

Scripture Reading - Psalm 19:9; Leviticus 19:32; Proverbs 16:6; 1 Samuel 12:14; Ephesians 5:21.

Exuberant Declaration: In the history of divine revelation, developing reverential fear for God intensifies the notion of gaining absolute access to plenitude of spiritual and material blessings. Thankfully, I increase in the multiplicity of its expression in my life, thereby perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. Hallelujah!


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