Be in awe of our King 敬畏我王

Sep 1: Job 29:25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief; I dwelt as a king among his troops; I was like one who comforts mourners.
Sep 2: Luke 22:26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.
Sep 3: Ephesians 6:7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,
Sep 4: Exodus 3:5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”
Sep 5: Romans 15:14 I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.
Sep 6: 2 Peter 3:17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.

Reflections:

Our God is our Lord, and our King.

Too often, we talk about God as our Father, and neglect that He is King too. When we look at God as our Father, there is comfort, and perhaps even complacency, and that everything and anything I do, my Father will forgive and forget. Perhaps, if we have a little more dose of treating our God as our King, and hold Him in awe, and wanting to please Him as servants would, then we wouldn’t slip into complacency.

Looking at our Lord God as our King is like looking at a diamond through its many facets. It is the same diamond, but when looked at from different angles, the diamond exhibits different perspectives of its eternal beauty – and the core remains.

Treating God as King means we have to be afraid. Yes, to fear him, and that is the beginning of wisdom. For being in fear of God will keep us alert, and not “fall from your secure position”. When we are alert, we will remind ourselves constantly to “serve (the) Lord, not the people.”

Treating God as King means we have only one master, and that we should not look at any other masters, nor be tempted to do so. There can be only one master to whom we devout our lives.

Treating God as King means we have to hold him in awe. We have to “take off our sandals” before entering the “holy ground”, for we respect our King. We give him, not only the “due” respect, but an adoration so deep, that it is, and can only, be our only reaction in front of our King.

If we treat our God as our King with the correct attitudes, we will know that God does not want us to feel paralyzed, follow him blindly and be punished. No. Though we are His subjects, we know that this is a King who loves us, and hence our response is to revere him, to hold him in the highest regard, and to look up to him. We worship Him, not because He strikes fear into us, but only because He deserves it being a King. We want to please Him, bring Him gifts and offerings, not out of fear that if we don’t, we will be punished, but because, we respect Him so much, that though we know He won’t need our gifts and offerings, we still want to show Him our affection.

Our Lord and God is not only our Father and our Friend. He is also our King.

All Glory to Him! Amen!

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