“Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.” —Isaiah 52:13
One of the most tragic graces we have lost today in our Christianity is the fear of the LORD, and reverence for Jesus Christ, in particular. As the enemy, the world, or corrupt flesh delight to tear us away from God’s holy Word and the truth at the center of Christ, and Him crucified, and the more we forget, or forsake, the truth of the Cross, the greater the caricature we make of our Lord. Soon, the holy and beloved Son of God becomes our pal, our bro, our home boy, and a host of other common titles, that though the names are not offensive in and of themselves, the mere thought of the irreverence directed toward the holy Redeemer should turn our stomachs and bring forth from our eyes a fountain of tears.
Although the King has humbled Himself to become a man, although He has extended His favor and majestic scepter to us to call us “friend,” that does not mean that we have permission to be so familiar with my Lord that we lose all respect toward Him. When my earthly father played catch with me in the yard, it did not mean that I could start calling him by his first name like he was one of my school chums.
I taught my children to say “sir” and “ma’am” to their elders, and to their parents especially; so that, in teaching them to honor father and mother, as they learned to obey mom and dad, they were being trained to honor and obey their heavenly Father.
Do we see what our heavenly Father says about the Suffering Servant and Savior of our souls? He is exalted, lifted up, and ascended very high into heaven at the right hand of God because He, the Son of God, was prudent in wisdom and obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross.
Get back to the Cross of Christ in the Word of God, in your private prayers, in your public, family and private worship, and His holiness will be as a brilliant light that shines brighter than the sun in its strength; His terrible majesty will bring us once again to fear Him and tremble at His name. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.
Keep silence, all ye sons of men,
and hear with rev’rence due;
Eternal Wisdom from above
thus lifts her voice to you:
Now therefore hearken to My words,
ye children, and be wise:
Happy the man that keeps My ways;
the man that shuns them dies.
Where dubious paths perplex the mind,
direction I afford;
Life shall be his that follows Me
and favour from the Lord.
But he who scorns My sacred laws
shall deeply wound his heart,
He courts destruction who contemns
the counsel I impart.
Proverbs 8:22, 32-36