A PROPHETIC WORD OF THE UPGRADING AND ENHANCING
OF THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD AROUND YOU
Psalm 25:14, Amplified Bible – “The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.”
That verse ties in with 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, Amplified Bible – “But on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man (and woman) [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed]. Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden beyond man’s scrutiny – critical examination].”
EXHORTATIONS TO HAVE THE REVERENTIAL AWE AND WORSHIPFUL FEAR
OF THE LORD
Psalm 2:11, “Serve the Lord with reverent awe and worshipful fear.”
Psalm 5:7, “I will worship toward and at Your holy temple in reverent fear and awe toward You.”
Psalm 31:19a, “Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear, revere, and worship You.”
Psalm 33:8, “Let all the earth fear the Lord [revere and worship Him; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.”
Psalm 34:7a and 9, “The Angel of the Lord (Who is The Lord Jesus Himself) encamps around those who fear Him [who revere and worship with awe]. Of fear the Lord, you His saints [revere and worship Him]! For there is no want to those who truly revere and worship Him with godly fear.”
REVERENTIAL FEAR AND WORSHIPFUL AWE – A feeling of deep respect and esteem (high value) mingled with affection (being warmly attached to), combined with respect, which is having regard or great concern of offending The Lord or dishonoring Him through disregard for or disobedience to His law/instructions; and great concern of possible loss or separation in relationship with Him.
DEFINING REVERENTIAL OR WORSHIPFUL AWE.
Characterized (a distinguishing mark) by intensity of feeling.
Psalm 18:1, “I love You fervently and devotedly, O Lord.”
Psalm 63:1a, “O God, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for you, my flesh longs and is faint for You.” To be earnest in this seeking is to be serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous – hot and glowing).
SONG: I love You Lord, and I lift my voice, to worship You oh my soul rejoice; take joy my King in what You hear, and let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.
Having a deep adoration toward The Lord Jesus Christ, expressing intense (a high degree of) devotion (earnest attachment to) and honor.
Philippians 3:10a, “For my determined purpose is, that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing the wonders of His Person more strongly and clearly).”
SONG: I worship You, Almighty God, there is none like You; I worship You, oh Prince of Peace, that is what I want to do; I give You praise, for You are my Righteousness; I worship You, Almighty God, there is none like You.
Having a deep and saturating (thoroughly soaked with) reverence toward God that is inspired by Who He is.
Exodus 3:14, “And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM and WHAT I AM, and I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites, I AM has sent Me to you.”
Isaiah 9:6, “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Price of Peace.”
Isaiah 43:15, “I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.”.
This deep and saturating reverence is having a reverent wonder inspired by His loftiness – note Isaiah 6:1, “I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and the skirts of His train (robe) filled the [most holy part of the] temple.”
SONG: You are beautiful beyond description, too marvelous for words; to wonderful for comprehension, like nothing ever seen or heard; who can grasp Your infinite wisdom; who can fathom the depth of Your love; You are beautiful beyond description, Majesty enthroned above; And I stand, I stand in awe of You; I stand, I stand in awe of You; Holy God to Whom all praise is due, I stand in awe of You.
BIBLE VERSES AND COMMENTS ON THE
REVERENTIAL FEAR/WORSHIPFUL AWE OF THE LORD
Comments after the verses are from: MH – Matthew Henry Commentary; MP – Matthew Poole Commentary; TD – Treasury of David, Commentary on the Psalms by Charles Spurgeon.
EXODUS 20:20, “And Moses said to the people, Fear not; for God has come to prove you, so that the reverential fear of Him may be before you, that you may not sin.” MH – We must always have in our minds a reverence of God’s majesty, a dread of His displeasure, and an obedient regard to His sovereign authority over us; this fear will quicken us to our duty and make us circumspect (vigilant and cautious) in our walking.
PSALM 2:11a, “Serve the Lord with reverent awe and worshipful fear; rejoice and be in high spirits with trembling lest your displease Him.” MH – To reverence God and to stand in awe of Him is the great duty of those who are His. We must serve God in all ordinances of worship, and all instances of godly conversation, with a holy fear of and reverence for Him. We ought to rejoice with trembling and with a holy awe of Him. MP – Serve Him with reverence and an awesome sense of His great and glorious majesty, as very careful and diligent to please Him and afraid to offend Him.
PSALM 5:7b, “I will worship toward and at Your holy temple, in reverent fear and awe of you.” MH – David was much in secret worship, prayed often alone, and yet was very constant and devout in his attendance to the sanctuary. The duties of the closet are designed to prepare us for, not excuse us from the corporate gathering. We are to worship with a holy and reverent awe.
PSALM 25:12 AND 14 – “Who is the man who reverently fears and worships the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way that he should choose.” TD – It signifies familiar (well acquainted with) communication, confidential intimacy, and select fellowship. God does not violate our wills, but He instructs our wills and so we choose that which is well pleasing in His sight.
PSALM 33:18-19 – “Behold the Lord’s eye is upon those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe], who wait for Him and hope in His mercy and loving-kindness.” TD – His eye of peculiar (very clear) care. They who fear God need not fear anything else; let them fix their eye of faith on Him, and His eye of love will always rest upon them. The Lord’s hand goes with His eye; He sovereignly preserves those whom He graciously observes. Rescues and restorations hedge about the lives of the saints who reverently fear and worship Him. MH – God beholds all the sons of men with an eye of observation, but His eye of favor is upon those who fear Him (note 2 Chronicles 16:9a).
PSALM 34:7 and 9 – “The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him who revere and worship Him with awe and each of them He delivers. O fear the Lord, you His saints; revere and worship Him.” Saints are those who are consecrated, set apart for and totally devoted to God in heart, soul, mind, unwavering – Ephesians 1:1, Amplified Bible. Saints are those who are focused/fixed on God (Psalm 27:4, Philippians 4:8), and are loyal, which is a firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray The Lord. They are saints who are steadfast, which is a steady unwavering course in love, allegiance, or conviction, having unswerving attachment to The Lord Jesus Christ! TD – The Covenant Angel. The Lord Jesus, at the head of all the bands of heaven, surrounds with His army the dwellings of the saints (2 Kings 6:15-17). We little know how much providential deliverance we owe to those unseen hands which are charged to bear us up lest we dash our foot against a stone (Psalm 91:1-16). If we don’t worship God with reverence, we’ll worship someone or something else.
PSALM 60:4a – “But now You have set up a banner for those who fear and worshipfully revere You to which they may flee.” TD – The banner is a pledge of safety and a rallying point to those who fight (spiritually) under it.
PSALM 103:11, 13, and 17 – “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great are His mercy and loving-kindness toward those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him. As a father loves and pities (shares the feelings of) his children, so the Lord loves and pities (shares the feelings of) those who fear Him with reverence, worship, and awe. But the mercy and loving-kindness of the Lord are from everlasting to everlasting upon those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, and His righteousness is to children’s children.” TD – All this mercy (an act of kindness, compassion, or favor) is for them that fear Him; there must be a humble, hearty reverence of His authority, or we will not be able to taste of His grace. This mercy and loving kindness from Him is boundless in extent toward us. 1 Chronicles 21:13b, “For very great and many are His mercies.” Psalm 23:6a, “Surely or only goodness, mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life.” TD – The fear of God is that respect toward God which leads you to submit your will to His; makes you intent on pleasing Him; penitent in view of past willfulness; happy in present smile; transported by His love; hopeful of His glory.
PSALM 111:5 and 10, “He has given food and provision to those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him. The reverent fear and worship of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom and skill, the preceding and the first essential, the prerequisite and the alphabet; a good understanding, wisdom, and meaning have all those who do the will of the Lord. Their praise of Him endures forever.” TD – His word is as nourishing to the soul as bread to the body, and there is such an abundance of it that no heir of heaven shall ever be famished (filled to the full as you read, study, and meditate on the Bible verses). True religion (the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord) is the first element of wisdom. To Job, God said, “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom (Job 28:28).” TD – The fear of the Lord in Scripture signifies not only loyal passion or intimate reverence of our adorable Father (God) who is in Heaven, but it is the essence (that which is absolutely necessary) of all practical religion. It signifies holiness of heart and life, which is necessary for the enjoyment of everlasting happiness.
PSALM 119:38, “Establish Your word and confirm Your promise to Your servant, which is for those who reverently fear and devotedly worship You.” TD – We cannot look for the fulfillment of promises in our walk with God unless we live under the influence of the reverential fear of the Lord. If we are devoted to God’s fear, we shall be delivered from all other fear (Isaiah 50:10). He has no fear who is filled with reverential fear of the Author of the Word. The Word of God was appointed to plant the fear of God in our hearts, and to increase our reverence of God.
PSALM 147:11, “The Lord takes pleasure in those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy and loving-kindness.” TD – A sincere Christian is known by a (reverential) fear of God or constant obedience to His commands; and a confidence, trust, and dependence upon His mercies. A holy (reverential) fear of God must be a check upon our hope, to keep that from swelling into presumption (overstepping our boundaries or taking liberties); and a pious (great respect toward) hope in God must be a check upon our (reverential) fear, to keep that from sinking into despondency.
PROVERBS 1:7, “The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline.” MH – In order to come to the attaining of all useful knowledge, it is most necessary that we reverently fear God; we are not qualified to profit by the instructions that are given unless our minds be possessed with holy reverence of God, and every thought within be brought into obedience to Him. Of all things that are to be known this is the most evident, that God is to be reverenced, served, and worshipped.
PROVERBS 3:7-8, “Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn entirely away from evil. It shall be health to your nerves and sinews (tendon; a source of strength, power, or vigor), and marrow (strength and vitality) and moistening to your bones.” MH – A two-fold application here: reverent fear and worship to the Lord, plus turning away from evil. The result is being healthy, physically and spiritually.
PROVERBS 10:27a, “The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord prolongs (extends the duration of) one’s days.” MH – The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord lengthens men’s lives and crowns their hopes. Let man reverently fear God, and that will secure him from many things that would prejudice his life and secure to him life enough in this world and eternal life in the other; the reverential fear of the Lord will add days more than was expected.
PROVERBS 14:26-27, “In the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children shall always have a place of refuge. Reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.” MH – Where this reigns it produces a holy security and serenity (calmness and peacefulness) of mind. It enables a man to hold fast his purity and his peace, whatever happens, and gives him boldness before God and the world.”
PROVERBS 19:23, “The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it rests satisfied; he cannot be visited with actual evil.” MH – They may be visited with sickness or other afflictions, but there shall be no evil in them, nothing to hurt them, nothing to separate them from the love of God, or to hurt the soul.” Note Romans 8:38-39.
PROVERBS 23:17b-18, “But continue in the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord all the day long. For surely there is a latter end, a future and a reward, and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off.” MH – “We must be devoted to His (reverential) fear and governed by it as our commanding principle in all we say or do. All the days of our life, we must constantly keep up an awe of God upon our spirits, must pay deference (courteous respect) to His authority, and have a dread of His wrath. We ought always be in His (reverential) fear as never to be out of it.” Comment from A Modern Study in the Book of Proverbs, by Charles Bridges, and revised by George F. Santa: “But this (reverential) fear of the Lord is not to be separate from everyday life. Some professing believers confine their spiritual attitudes and actions to extraordinary occasions. Others are satisfied with a periodical worship of the Lord. But if we are to enjoy our service and worship on the Lord’s Day, we are to maintain a daily reverential fear of the Lord.”
PROVERBS 28:14, “Blessed is the man who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord at all times regardless of circumstances, but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.” MH – Happy is the man who always keeps up in his mind a holy awe and reverence of God, of His glory, goodness, and government; who is always afraid of offending God and incurring (bringing upon oneself) His displeasure. He who keeps up such a fear as this will live a life of faith and watchfulness, and therefore will be blessed and holy.
ECCLESIASTES 8:12b, “Surely I know that it will be well with those who reverently fear God, who revere and worship Him, realizing His continual presence.” MH – It is the happiness of all that fear God, that in the worst of times it shall be well with them; their communion with God cannot be interrupted by their troubles, for they are kept in a good frame under their troubles, and in the end they shall have a blessed deliverance from and an abundant recompense for their troubles.
ECCLESIASTES 12:13, “All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God; revere and worship Him, knowing that He is and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man, the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun and the whole duty for every man.” MH – The reverential fear of God is to have Him reigning in the heart. To fear God is to worship Him, give Him the honor due to His name, in all the instances of true devotion inward and outward. Wherever the fear of God is uppermost in the heart, there will be a respect to all His commandments. MP – To fear God is to have inward worship (our heart ought be consistently worshipping Him); have reverence and love and trust for Him; have a devotedness of heart to serve and please God; have a reluctance to offend Him; have and an aptness (readiness) to tremble at His word and judgments.
ISAIAH 8:14a, “And He shall be a sanctuary, a sacred and indestructible asylum to those who reverently fear and trust in Him.” MH – Have reverent fear and trust in the Lord, and you shall find Him your hope, your help, your defense, and your mighty deliverer. He will sanctify and preserve you. He will be your sanctuary (Tower of Refuge), to which you may flee for safety, and where you are privileged from all the arrests of fear. Those that truly fear God shall not need to fear any evil.”
MALACHI 3:16, “Then those who feared the Lord talked often one to another; and the Lord listened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who reverenced and worshipfully feared the Lord and who thought on His name.” MH – In every age there has been a remnant that feared the Lord, though sometimes but a little remnant. They thought upon His name; they seriously considered and frequently meditated upon the discoveries God has made of Himself in His Word (Bible) and by His providences, and their meditation of Him was sweet to them and influenced them. They spoke often one to another concerning the God they feared and worshipped, and that name of His which they thought so much of; for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak, and a good man, out of a good treasure there, will bring forth good things. They spoke intelligently and edifyingly to one another for the increasing and improving of faith and holiness; they spoke in the language of those that fear the Lord and think on His name. The Lord hearkened and heard it, and was well pleased with it. A book of remembrance was written before Him of those who reverenced and worshipfully feared the Lord and who thought on His name; it is an expression that their pious (reverent) affections and performances are kept in remembrance as if they were written in a book, as if journals were kept of all their conferences.
MALACHI 4:2, “But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name, shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol like calves released from the stall and leap for joy.” MH – By the Sun of Righteousness we are here to understand this as Jesus Christ, Who comforts in the days of distress and perplexity. Those that are possessed and governed by a reverential awe and worshipful holy fear of God and great respect of His majesty shall have His love spread abroad in their hearts by the Holy Spirit.
LUKE 1:50, “And His mercy (compassion and kindness) is on those who fear Him with godly reverence, from generation to generation and age to age.” MH – He has ever looked upon them with an eye of peculiar favor who have looked up to Him with an eye of filial (obedient) reverential fear and worshipful awe.
LUKE 5:17-26. Verse 26, “And overwhelming astonishment and ecstasy seized them all, and they recognized and praised and thanked God; and they were filled with and controlled by reverential fear (as the result of a miracle in verses 17-25).”
ACTS 2:40-43. Verse 43, “And a sense of awe/reverential fear came upon every soul (as the result of the mighty move of The Holy Spirit).”
ACTS 9:1-31. Verse 31, “So the church through the whole of Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was edified, growing in wisdom, virtue and piety (reverence), and walking in respect and reverential fear of the Lord; and in the consolation and exhortation of the Holy Spirit, continued to increase and was multiplied (as the result of God getting hold of Paul and the transformation that took place in His life, and how powerfully God used Him).”
BELOVED! BE THRILLED, ECSTATIC, FULLY SATISFIED AND SECURE AS YOU EXPRESS REVERENTIAL FEAR AND WORSHIPFUL AWE TO THE LORD!