Reference vs Reverence — Part 2

Let all the earth fear the LORD;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.

Psalm 33:8-9

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are God Almighty, Creator of the universe, and Savior of the world. You are on the Throne and above all! Hallelujah! Forgive us, O LORD, whenever we forget that and whenever we get side-tracked and lose sight of Your Greatness, Your Goodness, and Your Mercy. Help our unbelief, O God, and enable us to fear You and not the world. Whatever it is that we are facing, You speak and things get done. Even the winds and the sea have to obey You. Let us diligently study Your Word and do as You say. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

In Wednesday’s post I wondered if we do make reference to God and what He says in His Word. Today I want to challenge us by asking: How many times do we only talk about God’s Word (making reference to it) when, instead, we should be showing reverence.

Sooner or later, a writer who studies the craft of writing will bump into this sentence:

“Show, don’t tell.”

It is important for the writer to remember this because it will often make all the difference. What is true about the writer is true about the Christian as well:

“Show, don’t tell.”

True, we cannot avoid words altogether, but many times our actions and reactions speak louder and clearer to this fallen world. Most of our words we are using to evangelize should be taken directly from the Bible, and what we share of God’s Word should match our life.

When we speak about God do people hear our reverence for God? Do they notice that we have deep respect for Him? Can they tell that we are not willing to say or do anything that would offend Him?

Do you see the difference of telling about God (merely making reference to Him) vs giving Him all the glory and honor (showing Him reverence)?

Noah Webster, in his 1828 dictionary, defines reverence like this:

The fear acceptable to God, is a filial fear, an awful reverence of the divine nature, proceeding from a just esteem of his perfections, which produces in us an inclination to his service and an unwillingness to offend him.

How would you define the word reverence? I would say something like this: Having a deep respect for that someone, giving honor and glory to him, adore and praise him for his works.

Reverence God and His Word and praise Him today.

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