hand-God-worship-sunWhat the church of America desperately needs today is a revival of the fear of God. I’m not talking about a servile fear for a petty and unpredictable deity. Perfect love casts out that kind of fear (see 1 John 4:18). I’m talking about the reverential fear deserved by a holy and all-powerful God, the kind of fear that causes us to walk carefully in His sight. Such godly awe is sadly lacking in the body. Today, worship must be “fun,” pastors must be “cool,” and every message must have some good jokes in it. We don’t want to get too serious about spiritual things. That would be stiff and “religious.” No wonder we are so shallow in our convictions and so compromised in our lifestyles. A fresh encounter with God would drive out our superficial spirituality in a hurry. How desperately we need that fresh encounter—the kind that causes us to fall on our faces in His glorious presence crying out, “Holy, holy, holy!” When we leave a meeting like that, we are deeply (and sometimes even forever) changed. That’s what it means to walk in the fear of the Lord: We recognize who He is, and we live a life that is pleasing in His sight. More