My reading this morning took me to several places: First Psalm 18 – a wonderful Psalm of God’s mighty protection, and his ability to bring victory to his people in battle. Then I read Ps 94, which spoke about the Lord’s justice to those who do evil.
I found myself wondering about our tendency to see God as a mate, to talk to him as if he is any other person in the room. As if.
God is to be feared, deeply respected, bowed before and submitted to. We don’t like this language – we think we’re better than that. Truth is, we aren’t. We are deeply flawed and woefully fallen people in need of repentance.
This creates a tension in our hearts that we would rather avoid and neglect.
My final reading took me to Heb 10:19-25. And this reading reminded me that the tension above is real: there is a yawning gulf between how God wants us to be and how we actually are.
Even so, the Cross of Jesus is also real. Because of Jesus we can
1) now enter the most holy place through his blood
2) we can draw near to God with full assurance because our hearts are cleansed, our guilt is removed, and our bodies are washed
3) encourage others to find their hope for forgiveness and in our living for his new world
God is awesome, and fearful, but Christ’s perfect love drives us out of fear and into the glorious saving presence of the living God.
How do you tend to see God – as one to be feared, or on the same level as anyone else in the room?