Awe and Reverence

I’m (slowly) reading Great Doctrines of the Bible, a compilation of lectures by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. In the chapter on the existence and being of God, I was struck by this quote:

“More and more … I understand why the ancient Jews never mentioned the name Jehovah. They were filled with such a sense of awe and reverence, they had such a conception of the majesty of God, that in a sense they dared not even utter the name. I much prefer that, to hearing people saying, ‘Dear God’. I do not find such an expression in the Bible. I do find ‘Holy Father’, but never ‘Dear God’. We must approach Him ‘with reverence and godly fear: for our God is a consuming fire’ (Heb. 12:28-9).”

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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