Malachi 4:2 AMP – Neck-up Check-up

But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol like calves [released] from the stall and leap for joy.

Reverence for God brings favor to believers as God responds to those who revere Him. “The Lord takes pleasure in those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy and loving-kindness.” (Psalm 147:11 AMP) Scripture identifies a range of positive attitudes toward God and we are encouraged to adopt them. And one of those positive attitudes is Reverence. Reverence is the proper sense of awe, respect and wonder that is inspired and demanded by an encounter with, or meditation upon, that character and activity of a living God. And why wouldn’t we revere God? God, the Creator of all things, who knew us before time began, formed us in our mother’s womb to fulfill a plan that He uniquely created for each of us to prosper and find hope and a future. “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” (Jeremiah 29:11 AMP)

Part of reverence is the fear of the Lord. “The reverent fear and worship of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom”. (Psalm 111:10 AMP) This verse captures the right way to approach the Lord; the fear of the Lord. The Lord is God, inspiring our reverence and awe. We are to magnify God, that is to give glory to God through worship and through upright living. But there are times when we only magnify God on Sunday mornings or when we are facing crisis. So I have to ask, “Where is our reverence the rest of the time? Where is our fear of the Lord the rest of the time?” I’m not condemning anyone here. I have found myself at a point where my fear of the Lord is not focused on reverent service, but rather fear of hell. Ouch!!! Do we fear God because in our reverence we want to know more of Him or do we fear God because we know that hell is a real thing and that frightens us?

Sometimes we need to have a “neck-up check-up” in our love and reverence and fear of a living God. And we can begin our “check-up” in humble prayer. We can begin to ask God to reveal things in us that keep Him on the outside when God should be flowing from us from the inside. We can go to Him in prayer; another attribute that God finds favor with. “Is anyone among you afflicted (ill-treated, suffering evil)? He should pray. Is anyone glad at heart? He should sing praise [to God].” (James 5:13 AMP) God desires His people to turn to Him in prayer, individually or corporately, in times of need and to bring requests to Him as a Father. Prayer is an act of worship by those who depend upon Him and proclaim His name. That is why Prayer is part of our reverent fear of the Lord. We need to cultivate an attitude of prayerfulness; a constant relationship between God and us.

Friend, the diagnosis of our “neck-up check-up” is simple. Cultivate a reverence and fear of the Lord that positively reflects our love for Him and results in our service to Him. And God promises that the Sun of Righteousness shall rise with healing in His wings and beams and we shall be released from our stalls leaping for joy. Hallelujah!!!

Dear Lord, thank You for the promises of Your Word. Thank You that as we worship and revere You, You bring us out of whatever corrals us and bring Your healing to us. As we worship and revere You, You bring us strength, restoration, renewal, protection, and healing. Lord, thank You for Your Righteousness. Thank You for Your grace and mercy. Lord, help us to see when we need to refocus our eyes upon You. May we never fear You with the wrong attitude. May we always fear You in reverence as we endeavor to know You more as we pray. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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