Permeated with a Deep Sense of Reverence for God
Things calmed down after that and the church had smooth sailing for a while. All over the country—Judea, Samaria, Galilee—the church grew. They were permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God. The Holy Spirit was with them, strengthening them. They prospered wonderfully. (Acts 9:31 MSG)
Lord, you have examined [investigated; searched] me and know all about me. Psalm 139:1 (EXB)
God, the Creator of all, has searched me… examined thoroughly… and knows… is fully and acutely aware of me and all that concerns me. This is where a deep sense of reverence for God begins. For I must realize that God Almighty has intimate knowledge of all things…. that includes my heart and soul.
That knowledge is both frightening and comforting. Frighten, because God Almighty searched me and knows all that concerns me… and I am a sinner.
Comforting, because of God’s mercy and grace, my sins are forgiven and He sees me clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 61:10).
If I want to have a deep sense of reverence for God, first my relationship with God must be “In good standing”. I must confess my sin before God.
I must then follow God’s example, and search and know God Almighty. A deep sense of reverence for God, must start with Who God is. As I learn about Who God is, a deep sense of reverence should overwhelm my heart and soul.