Revelation 19:6 – “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.”
What simple words the great multitude in Revelation shouted out. For the Lord, our God, who is the Almighty God, reigns over all. He, in his sovereignty and power, sits enthroned over all that he has made. Surely if we were given a glimpse of the worship that we read of in Revelation 4 and 5 and Revelation 19 that is taking place in heaven, our eyes would recognize how low of a view of the Majesty of God we have. A.W. Tozer wrote that our low concept of the majesty of God is like a disease in the church (he calls it a “condition”).
Tozer wrote, “The low view of God entertained almost universally among Christians is the cause of a hundred lesser evils everywhere among us. A whole new philosophy of Christian life has resulted from this one basic error in our religious thinking. With our loss of the sense of majesty has come the further loss of religious awe and consciousness of the divine Presence. We have lost our spirit of worship and our ability to withdraw inwardly to meet God in adoring silence. Modern Christianity is simply not producing the kind of Christian who can appreciate or experience the life in the Spirit. The words, “Be still and know that I am God,” mean next to nothing to the self-confident, bustling worshiper in this middle period of the twentieth century.”
Sometimes I leave our time of corporate worship baffled by how we can be singing some of the majestic truths about God, and appear as if these truths are not moving us. I fear at times, that our lack of engagement in corporate worship singing of the majesty of God speaks to our loss of the sense of majesty in us. Like Tozer said, if we lose our sense of majesty, we will then lose our spirit of worship. If we lose our spirit of worship, then we will likewise be opening ourselves up to the “hundred lesser evils” that Tozer is referring to. What hundred lesser evils are being submitted to in our lives because we have lost our sense of majesty?
Tozer further explained that “this loss of the concept of majesty has come just when the forces of religion are making dramatic gains and the churches are more prosperous than at any time within the past several hundred years. But the alarming thing is that our gains are mostly external and our losses wholly internal; and since it is the quality of our religion that is affected by internal conditions, it may be that our supposed gains are but losses spread over a wider field.”
If we are taking Tozer seriously, what he is saying is that though some churches seem to be growing numerically like wildfire, the reality of their growth is that it is shallow, temporal, and disingenuous. As Tozer said, if our growth is not coming next to people’s growing understanding of the majesty of God, then what we are doing is creating false disciples, deceiving more people than we may even realize. “If we would bring back spiritual power to our lives, we must begin to think of God more nearly as He is.”
So how do we think of God more nearly as He is? We immerse ourselves in the teachings of God’s Word about who God is. We seek to develop a high view of God that causes us to see ourselves in the low place that we deserve next to the majesty of God. We seek to kill pride as there is no place for pride in the shadow of the Almighty. We remind ourselves daily of our sin and need for God’s undeserved mercy and favor.