“I will bow down towards Your holy temple
in awe of You”
For all our intimacy with God Scripture frequently reminds us that we should not treat Him lightly or casually. David picks this up when he speaks of bowing down in awe of the Lord.
God is a living Person. He is the Lord God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth and all that is. He is described as being so holy and glorious that no one can see His face and live. His power and authority are absolute and, as He put it very simply,
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”
David also says,
“If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins,
O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness;
therefore you are feared.”
Isaiah’s reaction to his vision of the Lord was not one of joy but of horror. For having seen something of God’s glory he also perceived more of his own fallenness and sinfulness.
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined!
For I am a man of unclean lips,
and I live among a people of unclean lips,
and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”
And then the Bible tells us how there will be other such times.
- “Men will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from dread of the LORD and the splendour of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.” (Isaiah 2:19)
- Then “`they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”‘ (Luke 23:30)
- “They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!” (Revelation 6:16)
Our God of love is at the same time a God of terrifying holiness, absolute majesty, blazing glory and supreme power.
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”(Revelation 4:11)
“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.” (1 Chronicles 29:11)