Lately, I've heard the use of the phrase "reverential respect" when people are attempting to describe their "fear" of the Lord. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is not enough! I have reverential respect for a number of people. I would say I have that for several preachers and pastors that I know. I would describe my feelings as reverential respect for the president, for our state officials and lawmakers. But the Lord, God Almighty? Reverential respect? Are you kidding me? Nah. I have fear. Outright, undeniable, indescribable, bone-chilling fear. I don't have a leg to stand on in His presence, and neither does anyone else.
Daniel, that great prophet who was described by God, Himself, as one who was beloved and righteous, quaked in fear before the presence of just the angel of the Lord. In Daniel chapter 10, Daniel describes himself as "without strength" and "trembling" and "vigor turned to frailty"......fear. He feared this angel of the Lord - and that was just an angel of the Lord, not the Lord, God Almighty Himself! Daniel was without strength until the angel actually touched him and that touch strengthened him. Read Daniel chapter 10 and makes notes about Daniel's responses.
We want to talk about and dwell on the love of God - after all, He loved us enough to send His only Son to die for us. However, He sent Christ to die because that was the only satisfaction for His holiness. There was no other way to appease Him for our sin. Not only did He show mercy by giving us a Solution for our sin, He sacrificed Himself to make that Solution a reality for us. Mercy. Love. Compassion. Grace. Salvation. He is the Author of it all. Reverential respect does not do it justice. The only One Who is able to justify us requires much, much more than reverential respect.
What if He came to your house today? What if the Lord, God Almighty stopped you on your way somewhere? What if He came to your job? Don't expect me to believe that you'd be swooning with reverential respect.......ah, no. You'd be prostrate on your face in fear, without a leg to stand on, trembling, quaking, hoping beyond hope that you could gather the strength to run and hide......
...............until He touches you.
Even then, reverential respect doesn't do it justice.
The fear is turned to awe ................and we are silent from a mix of fear and awe and absolute wonder. Nah, I see no reverential respect here. That phrase minimizes His holy righteousness and that has repercussions that no one can live with.