Tag: Reverence

The Need for Reverence

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

God is greatly to be feared . . . and to be had in reverence. Psalm 89:7

Many persons who have been raised in our churches no longer think in terms of reverence, which seems to indicate that they doubt God’s presence is there. Much of the blame must be placed on the growing acceptance of a worldly secularism that seems much more appealing than any real desire for the spiritual life that is pleasing to God. We secularize God; we secularize the gospel of Christ and we secularize worship. No great and spiritually minded men of God are going to come out of such churches, nor any great spiritual movement of believing prayer and revival. If God is to be honored and revered and truly worshiped, He may have to sweep us away and start somewhere else. Let us confess that there is a necessity for true worship among us. If God is who He says He is and if we are the believing people of God we claim to be, we must worship Him! In my own assessment, for men and women to lose the awareness of God in our midst is a loss too terrible ever to be appraised!

by A.W. Tozer

Total strangers

A.W. Pinkby A.W. Pink

“Come, and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what he has done for my soul!” Psalm 66:16

It is greatly to be feared that there are multitudes in Christendom who truly imagine and sincerely believe that they are among the saved, yet who are total strangers to a work of divine grace in their hearts.

It is one thing to have clear intellectual conceptions of God’s truth–it is quite another matter to have a personal, real heart acquaintance with it.

It is one thing to believe that sin is the awful thing that the Bible says it is–but it is quite another matter to have a holy horror and hatred of it in the soul.

It is one thing to know that God requires repentance–it is quite another matter to experimentally mourn and groan over our vileness.

It is one thing to believe that Christ is the only Savior for sinners–it is quite another matter to really trust Him from the heart.

It is one thing to believe that Christ is the sum of all excellency–it is quite another matter to love Him above all others.

It is one thing to believe that God is the great and holy One–it is quite another matter to truly reverence and fear Him.

It is one thing to believe that salvation is of the Lord–it is quite another matter to become an actual partaker of it through His gracious workings.

by A.W. Pink