Facedown in God’s Awesome Presence

At Eastbrook this past weekend, I spoke about living with an appropriate fear of the Lord from Proverbs 1:7 and 9:10. There is a hymn from the 19th century, “Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise,” that conveys the wondrously awesome presence of the Lord. Here are two verses from that hymn:

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, thy great Name we praise.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render: O help us to see
’Tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.

A contemporary song that captures an aspect of living with an awareness of God’s greatness for me is Matt Redman’s song, “Facedown.” This song reflects John’s response to the glorified Christ in Revelation 1, where he says:

When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. (Revelation 1:17)

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