Are you having a RAPTurous experience in your worship? Reverence is a key part, as this short but powerful compilation of quotes from Sister White will help us understand! It is very difficult to find true reverence for God anymore, let alone for His Name. It seems as if we have lost all sense of His holiness! May these quotes wake us up to our true condition before the Living God who holds us in the palm of His almighty hand.
Do We Disgust the Angels with Our Prayers?
Holy angels have been displeased and disgusted with the irreverent manner in which many have used the Name of God, the Great Jehovah. Angels mention that sacred Name with the greatest awe, ever veiling their faces when they speak the Name of God; and the Name of Christ is so sacred to them that they speak it with the greatest reverence.
— 1 Testimonies, p. 410
We Should Have Holy Awe
To hallow the name of the Lord requires that the words in which we speak of the Supreme Being be uttered with reverence. “Holy and reverend is His Name.” Psalm 111:9. We are never in any manner to treat lightly the titles or appellations of the Deity. In prayer we enter the audience chamber of the Most High; and we should come before Him with holy awe. The angels veil their faces in His presence. The cherubim and the bright and holy seraphim approach His throne with solemn reverence. How much more should we, finite, sinful beings, come in a reverent manner before the Lord, our Maker!
— Mount of Blessing, p. 106
Speak the Name of God Thoughtfully
Reverence should be shown also for the Name of God. Never should that Name be spoken lightly or thoughtlessly. Even in prayer its frequent or needless repetition should be avoided. “Holy and reverend is His Name.” Psalm 111:9. Angels, as they speak it, veil their faces. With what reverence should we, who are fallen and sinful, take it upon our lips!
— Education, p. 243
Do Not Rush into the Divine Presence
Prayer, how misunderstood, how perverted it has been! How few realize how solemn a thing it is to approach the throne of God. Angels bow before that throne with veiled faces, yet men who are stained by sin rush heedlessly into the divine presence. Let us remember that the holy angels approach the throne of God in reverence and holy fear. It is because men do not know God or Jesus Christ whom he has sent, that they take improper attitudes and utter improper words in their petitions.
— Review and Herald, 5/28/1895
Let Us Adore Him
Supreme love to God will be shown by every man or woman who is a true follower of Jesus Christ. “Give unto Jehovah the glory due unto His Name,” writes the psalmist; “for Jehovah is great, and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Those who surround His throne, the sinless angels, bow down and adore Him, praising His Name, and crying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” We are His creatures, the work of His hands, and He is justly entitled to reverence, honor, and love.
— Signs of the Times, 3/4/1897
Four Principles to Remember:
R A P T — As we are rapt into the glory of the Most High
R everence – Holy fear and humility before God
A doration – Homage and affectionate love to God, in attitude and posture
P ause – Not rushing into and out of prayers or in speaking the names and titles of Deity
T houghtfulness – Not thoughtlessly speaking God’s titles, but considering their meanings