It is a well known fact that some Christians seem to experience a much closer intimacy with God than others. They appear to enjoy a reverent familiarity with Him that is foreign to many of us. Is it a matter of favoritism on the part of God?
Should Christians Fear God?
All the problems we face in our society eventually boil down to one problem... As the Bible says “There is no fear of God before their eyes”. But the question is whether Christians are supposed to fear God? Many Christians believe that “to fear God” means we're to be in awe of Him and reverence Him. But that is not what Scripture means when it says to fear him. All too many (perhaps the vast majority) Christians have a very one dimensional, view of their God, seeing the creator of the universe as a benevolent, all loving, figure that seems to exist only to provide us with more "blessings" (which would make Him little more than a celestial bellhop). We babble on and on about the goodness and love of God, but totally ignore (to our peril) His wrath and judgment. We forget that those who are disobedient to Him, are never blessed but, quite to the contrary, are objects of His wrath. Those who are led by the Spirit of God, are the sons of God and have no reason to fear. However, a person who professes belief, but does not obey the Lord and turn away from the sins and indulgences of the world, are not led by the Spirit of God, and have every reason to fear Him.
The Christian and Worship
Because the primary element of true worship expresses wonder, awe, and humility, at the infinite majesty, grandeur, power, and sheer majesty of the transcendent God, it should be a significant part of every believer's life. However, it is well to be aware that it is entirely possible that you return from church on Sunday morning happy at how much you sang His praises and how good the 'worship' was, blissfully unaware that the Lord turned His face away from you and did not accept your worship. Worse, He asked why you dared to tread His courts with your hollow and worthless offerings, and music He did not even want to listen to? Why? Simply because worship is not something we do, such as praying, singing, kneeling, at certain select times, but consists of who we are, and what our attitude is towards God at all times. True worship remains with us all through the day, and colors every aspect of our daily lives. So, what does it take to ensure that our worship is not rejected and the Lord takes pleasure in it?
A New Song
Maybe we applaud praise choruses because so many of us are still in bondage to our sin and those little simplistic chants we can’t seem to live without help put a smile on our face and allow us two or three glorious minutes of relief to forget our troubles with a mesmerizing melody so we can pretend there really isn’t anything wrong with our spiritual lives – Would it be accurate to say they might just be an escape for many of us?