R - Reverent
One of my favorite summaries of Christian worship comes from the pen of William Temple. He wrote, ‘To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.’ I believe reverence is absolutely essential to right worship; it is the key that unlocks the door to an encounter with the holiness, truth, beauty, love, and purpose of God.
Reverence need not be exclusively equated with subdued solemnity. In the music leading aspect of my ministry I strive to embody a reverential joy, a solemn exuberance that embraces the tension of simultaneously trembling before the LORD in the beauty of holiness (Psalm 96:9) and boldly coming to His throne with confidence (Hebrews 4:16).
The Reverent Worshiper apprehends the heights of a holy God, the depths of sinful man, and then stands (or sits, bows, dances, kneels, etc.) in awe that such a great chasm has been so graciously bridged.