When We Are Thankful
Acceptable Worship – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 5:4-7
Key Verse: Hebrews 12:28-29
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
The third word attached to acceptable worship is the word “awe.” In the suggested additional reading, Solomon tells us to “stand in awe of God.” The word awe is used over and over in the scriptures about God. Indeed, awe must be a part of true worship that is found acceptable to God!
Webster defines this word awe with a surprising twist: “dread mingled with reverence.” In my opinion, the word dread adds an interesting flavor to our understanding of awe. I think it explains why our scripture in Hebrews 12:28 adds a one liner in verse 29: “for our God is a consuming fire.” When the children of Israel stood at the base of the mountain where Moses was to receive the Ten Commandments, they were filled with such awe as the mountain shook; they feared God greatly. In other words, they had this sense of dread.
It is hard for us to understand awe for our worship, much less truly worship with a proper sense of awe. We must discipline our minds to picture this loving God, as a God who judges the living and the dead. We need a sense of dread when we think of standing before Him in judgment. We must sense this dread until we run to Jesus, feeling the gratitude for what He did on the cross! Awe will bring out of us the praise and reverence we need to worship God acceptably! Hear the words of Job 25:2 – “Dominion and awe belong to God.”
Father, open the eyes of my heart that I might see you high and lifted up, standing in the light of your glory! In the powerful name and character of Jesus I pray, Amen!