Should We Revere God?

Psalm 33:6-9 celebrates God’s creative power, sovereignty, and faithfulness.

Rather than relying on earthly strength, the Lord’s people can trust in His omnipotent power. This results in collective praise for God and His unfailing love for those who trust and hope in Him.

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Because God is righteous, just, loving, and all-powerful, all the inhabitants of earth should stand in awe of Him.

“Let all the earth fear the LORD” (Psalm 33:8) is the logical response to recognizing a God who is perfect in both character and power. People should set themselves in a state of humble awe before Him. 1 (The King James and NASB versions say “awe of” in the second half of the verse while the NIV uses the words “revere Him.”)

The systematic theology professor Dr. Charles M. Horne said, “He who made all things, preserves all things, and can in a moment destroy all things, is the proper object of our ‘fear’; and that we fear him so little, is a most convincing proof of the corruption and blindness of our hearts.” 2

“Fear” of God is not tied to panic or terror, though those who hate and despise God have good reasons to dread His judgment (Hebrews 10:30–31; Revelation 20:11–15). Those who love God “fear” Him in a context of reverence, awe, and humility. This perspective is the foundation of proper knowledge of the Lord (Proverbs 1:7; 3:1–8).

Although many psalms and other Scriptures call for reverent worship of God, many refuse to acknowledge Him as the only wise and loving God (Jeremiah 35:15; Romans 1:18–32). Numerous people even deny the existence of the One who created all things, including themselves (Psalm 14:1).

Even those who claim to believe in God often defy His will in their lives (Titus 1:16). However, someday every knee must bow before Jesus, the Son of God, and confess that He is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10–11).

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In Conclusion, consider the Daily Bread email message sent on 4/13/2009 and 7/8/2024 which says

DB Psalm 33:8

Psalm 33:8 – Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. (NASB)
This verse serves as an invitation, a call to all the earth and its inhabitants to fear Yahweh. However, it’s crucial to understand that the fear mentioned here is not a fear-driven by dread or terror but rather a profound reverence and awe.
God wants and enjoys our worship of Him. And as we revere Him, we also gain the calming, comforting, assurance of His love and devotion that is far greater than any we express – plus we get to enjoy the experiences of expressing that worship. Worship God often, revere Him constantly, it will make you feel good!
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Cited References:

  1. David Guzik, Commentary on Philippians 3, (Enduring Word,
  2. Charles M. Horne, The Greatness and Goodness of God, (Chicago, IL: Moody Bible Institute, 1962)

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