And did God ever say to an angel, as he does to his Son, “Sit here beside me in honor until I crush all your enemies beneath your feet”? Hebrews 1:13
Angels do not rest in the presence of God because they are working for Him. Jesus, however, sits at the right hand of the Father. Only He can rest. Only He can sit in repose in God’s company.
We should never get too comfortable around high authority.
There is a story about a man named Lear who was hired to give Queen Victoria art lessons. Things went well, and Lear started to feel quite at home in the palace. He enjoyed standing in front of the fire, leaning on the hearth and warming himself in a relaxed manner, but every time he did that, one of the Queen’s attendants invited him to look at something on the other side of the room, causing him to move. No one explained it to him, but after a while he got the idea: good manners said it was wrong for a subject to have such a relaxed attitude in the presence of their Queen.
Have God’s children become so comfortable around Jesus that we’ve lost respect for His Kingship? Sometimes, yes. The balance between intimacy and deference must be preserved. So, it is imperative that I keep company with believers who are intimate with Jesus, who appreciate that the veil in the temple was torn so that we could draw close to God. But it is also imperative that intimacy never replace awe so I must also keep company with believers who are hushed by God’s mercy and their own sinfulness. Intimacy should not take the privilege of proximity for granted.
Being a musician, I want to address worship and liturgy. Praise and worship is multi-faceted. Contemporary worship songs accentuate and foster intimacy. Hymns from our spiritual ancestors accentuate and foster respect. Liturgy, as in reciting the Nicene Creed, brings a weightiness to our view of God and accentuates and fosters humility. Liturgy reminds us that God is the God of heaven and earth and He is beyond our comprehension. That kills narcissism. I was made to worship someone else, not myself.
When I worship correctly, my heart is satisfied, and I am saved from self. I kneel in respect when in the Throne Room and rest confidently when I’m tucked under His wings.
I draw close to You Jesus but begin on my knees. Amen