A.W. Tozer is one of my favorite people to quote. Tozer said this: “There is grief in my spirit when I go into the average church, for we have become a generation rapidly losing all sense of divine sacredness in our worship. Many whom we have raised in our churches no longer think in terms of reverence—which seems to indicate they doubt that God’s presence is there.” If we truly believe that the Lord is in our midst—and we doggone well better believe it!—then how we act, what we say, and what we do are all of great importance.
If you were invited to Buckingham Palace to meet with the Queen of England, you might consider beforehand what would be proper behavior for such a meeting. Most assuredly, you would not walk into the room, stroll over to a nearby couch, plop your butt down, put your feet up and say, “Yo, Queeny, wha‘sup?” That is simply not the way one behaves in the presence of royalty. We know that. We recognize that there are proper ways of acting toward those who are, from an earthly perspective, our superiors. At work we behave differently with the company owner or president than we do with the average coworker. We treat the guest speaker differently than we do our kids. If we were to have a meeting with our congressman, we would likely act differently toward him than if we were chumming around with some friends. These things are obvious to us. We don’t need to spend a bunch of time figuring out such scenarios. So why do we so often throw all that out the window when we engage with the One Who is supremely higher than us?