How do we properly display reverence for the Lord

How do we properly display reverence for the Lord’s presence in the assembly?

How wonderful to be at home in the Lord’s presence! Knowing He will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5), we can enjoy His presence when shampooing our hair or sipping our coffee. Yet, the more we know Him, the more we will fear - or revere - Him (Pro 9:10).

Our gathering together as an assembly publicly expresses His presence (1Co 14:25). We have come together as a "House of God" (1Ti 3:15). The principles of the Old Testament do not change: "Holiness becometh Thine house, O Lord, forever" (Psa 93:5). Again, "God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about Him" (89:7). We cannot view the House of God as merely another house like our own. As reverence for God becomes more foreign to our culture, it ought to be more highly prized by us.

Paul instructed the Corinthians to so consider one another and to so act in their gatherings that God’s presence was unmistakable. Our actions on entering (the assembly does not become "house of God" when the meeting begins), during, and after the gathering should express this reverence.

Our clothing likewise expresses this reverence. When Joseph went from the prison to the palace (Gen 41:14), he changed his garments - to look more casual? In the setting of teaching us principles regarding His visible presence among His people, the Lord specified garments unique to men who functioned in His presence (Exo 28:1-3). We worship "in spirit and in truth" (John 4:23), not in form and ritual; therefore, we do not have "priestly garments," but we learn the principle that clothing expresses reverence. Paul taught that, in contrast to the immoral and immodest worship of Diana, believing sisters adorn themselves modestly (1Ti 2:9). Our adornment reflects the character of the God we worship. Culture, relative poverty, necessity, or circumstances must be considered. Some must come from their work in work clothes. At least they are present. We cannot legislate what clothes others must wear, but, for the Lord’s honor, we ought to choose clothing that will express our reverence for Him and our recognition that being in His presence is a transcendent privilege. We buy our clothing in the same stores as "sons of this age" (Luk 20:34, ESV), but the casual spirit of this age doesn’t dictate how we display reverence.

D. Oliver