10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth. 11 Worship the LORD with reverence And rejoice with trembling.
We mostly see God today, for some of His softer characteristics. We see Him as our Father and friend, full of love and grace. We are able to approach Him through Jesus, who intercedes for us. We are free to come to Him in prayer. God is all these things, but He is also more than just this.
God is Holy. He is most powerful, the Almighty God. In the Old Testament, the High Priests had to perform a bunch of sacrifices to prepare to enter the most Holy spot in the temple, the one time a year. If they did something wrong, they could be killed. It happened to Aaron’s sons (Leviticus 10), as they incorrectly offered a sacrifice to God and fire came down from Heaven and killed them. In C.S. Lewis’ book ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’, Aslan the lion represents Jesus. It asked about him whether he is safe. This is how Lewis described him:
Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.
God is not safe, but He is good. We must have reverence for Him. It is good to fear God. We must see God for who He fully is. Do not miss the judgement with the grace. For when see the judgement of God, it makes the grace even better. Do not miss the hatred of sin with the love of God for people. For God truly hates sin, it is abomination to Him. He cannot be in the presence of it. But thankfully He loves us so much that He made a way for us to be able to come to Him. Have an awe of the most awesome God and all that He can do. When we stop and see God in this way, it leads to greater praise and worship. This Holy, Almighty God, who created all things, sustains all things, loves me, with all of my blemishes and knows me inside and out. How great are you Lord!
Take time to worship Him and all of His characteristics today!