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“Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty in His work, and His righteousness endures forever…The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!"”

(Psalm 111:1-2, 10 ESV)

     One of the responsibilities I have as pastor of a congregation is to exalt the LORD our God, and to help our congregation to have an exalted view or understanding of God. When we lose sight of the exultation of God, little by little, almost imperceptibly, we begin to have a higher view of ourselves, and a lower view of God. So whether through music, or through the proclamation of His Word, my goal is to see God exalted in our midst.
     Part of that “high view of God” has to do with the “fear of the LORD”. That’s probably not something we hear a lot about, especially not in our increasingly secular culture. What does it mean to fear God? The Hebrew word used here can mean to fear, to reverence, a holy fear, worship, awesomeness. It is a recognition of who God is, His holiness, His power, His majesty, all those attributes that we can only think about He possesses in absolute completeness.
     A few passages come to mind, but one in particular stands out. In Isaiah 6, the prophet Isaiah has a vision of the throne room of God, and both his description of the scene and his response to it are instructive to us. “In the year King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above Him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.’ And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said, ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!’ “
     Isaiah’s first thoughts are to his unworthiness to look upon the King, the LORD of hosts. He sees that the Lord is “high and lifted up”. God is exalted over all the earth, and the whole earth is full of His glory, according to the seraphim. He is awed by this vision of the presence of God, and his immediate response when a call goes out is to offer himself. At this point, arrogance or equality with God are absent from his mind. He is struck with the magnitude, the holiness, and the power of God, as we should be when we consider Him.
     That high view of God will then affect everything about how we relate to Him. From the weather to our health or prosperity, we may have occasion to think we know better than He how things should be. I’m not saying we shouldn’t pray in regard to those things, but we should be careful about our attitude in how we pray about those and other things. My suggestion is to proceed with an attitude like Jesus had in the garden when He prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
     Maintaining a humble posture before a holy God is always the right thing to do. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have good understanding.”

By His Grace Alone,

Pastor Bruce Jacobsen




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