Thursday, December 25, 2014

Fear of the Lord and His Presence or Absence

I went to a church service last night that made me wonder if professing Christians have lost the fear of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Lord's glorious presence, his glory, majesty and beauty, can have different effects on us depending on our spiritual condition.  To those who are not walking with the Lord, his presence terrifies.  To those who are walking with him, his presence evokes wonder and awe, but also joy. 

The service I was at last night seemed to be missing his holy presence or at least most of the "worshipers" seemed removed from both terror on the one hand, and awe, wonder and delight, on the other. 

Psalm 97:1-7 speaks of the resurrected Lord's holy presence that ought to evoke terror to some and a reverent joy to others:

The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;
    let the many coastlands be glad!

2 Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
    righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
3 Fire goes before him
    and burns up his adversaries all around.
4 His lightnings light up the world;
    the earth sees and trembles.
5 The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
    before the Lord of all the earth.

6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
    and all the peoples see his glory.
7 All worshipers of images are put to shame,
    who make their boast in worthless idols;
    worship him, all you gods!

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