This is a sermon that my Father, Jerry Trammell preached on April 18th, 2004.
As I often do I want to ask you a question. “Have you ever met someone of importance?” And If you have, how did they react when you met them? Were you a little self-conscious? Or, perhaps were a little intimidated?
I’ve had the privilege of meeting a couple of people of relative importance. A few years back I had the privilege of meeting U.S. Congressman Larry Combest, and then last year while in Washington DC for the General Council (of the Assemblies of God) I had the opportunity of meeting Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Now I don’t mind telling you that I was somewhat intimidated as I was out of my comfort zone when I was in Senator Hutchinson’s office. I had the opportunity to talk with her and even have my picture taken with her.
But I wonder what you would do if you had the privilege of meeting someone really important. Would you be intimidated and self-conscious? If you had the opportunity of meeting President George W. Bush, would you be afraid of what you might say, or do something stupid that would embarrass yourself before the President? Would it worry you if you were to have an audience with the Queen of England? If you were to meet the Queen you would probably wonder whether or not you were to bow or curtsy as you approached her. You would probably be afraid that you might address her incorrectly. You’d worry, do I address her as, “Your Highness,” or, “Your Majesty.” I have a feeling that before we would meet either President Bush or the Queen you’d probably brush up on what would be the proper protocol in meeting such important people.
But I wonder, are we as particular when we approach Almighty God? Church, I’m afraid that even some of God’s own people do not approach Him with the proper reverence and respect that is due Him.
I heard a minister one time talking about how he approached God in prayer concerning a need that he had in his life. He said, “Hey God, I’ve got a problem, but its really not my problem, its your problem, because I’m your child, and I have this need that I’m expecting you to meet.”
Brother and Sister, “Hey God,” is not the proper way to approach the King of Glory. We should never approach God in an irreverent, disrespectful manner. Yet I believe there are many of God’s people who do not honor God properly when they approach Him.
He is a Lord that deserves all the honor that we can bestow upon Him.
Notice how David honored the Lord.
He did it by asking who the Lord is so that He might honor the Lord in declaring who He is.
Psalm 24:8-10 – (8) Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty – He is the King of glory.
Look at how David describes whom the Lord is in these verses. In asking, “Who is the King of glory”, David declares He is, “The Lord strong and mighty.” Then he asked a second time so that he could even better declare who He is. He asked, “Who is He, this King of glory,” and then he answers, “The Lord Almighty – He is the King of glory.”
Oh, listen friend, this one who is Almighty is the one who is the King of Kings, and Lord of lords. He deserves to be honored properly when we approach His heavenly throne in prayer.
The text declares that even the angels are to honor Him. David said, “Give honor to the Lord, you angels; give honor to the Lord for His glory and strength. Give honor to the Lord for the glory of His name.”
Then he calls upon us all, “to worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.”
We need to learn from John’s example in the way in which he honored and revered the Lord. While on the Island of Patmos, John was overpowered by the presence and power of the Lord. He says in Revelation 1, “I heard a loud voice behind me as of a trumpet, saying, I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last.” Then John said, “I turned to see the voice of Him who spoke to me, and I saw one like unto the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to His feet, girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice was as the sound of many waters.” John said, “When I saw Him, I feel at His feet as dead.”
John’s words and his description of Christ, and of what He did in reverence unto the Lord reminds me of what David is saying about Him in my text. David says, “His voice echoes above the sea like thunder.” He says, “The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.” So powerful is His voice that David says, “the voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars of Lebanon and shatters them.” I’ve read where the cedars of Lebanon will grow to reach a height of 80 feet, and over 25 feet in circumference. And yet His voice shatters them. His mighty voice, “twists the mighty oaks and strips the forests bare.” He who is, Almighty, David said, “rules over the flood waters.” We’ve all seen flood waters. They can’t be controled. Yet David says that He rules over them. It is the Lord, the one who reigns as King forever.
Because of His high and lofty position as the Almighty God we should never approach Him in an irreverent manner. In fact all creation should be honoring and praising Him.
I like what the Psalmist said in Psalms 96, “Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations; His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.”
Then in Psalms 97, the Psalmist declares, “The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad! Clouds and darkness surround Him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. A fire goes before Him, and burns up His enemies round about. His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the peoples see His glory.”
Seeing whom the Lord is can we do any less than to give Him all glory and honor? From what the Psalmist said all of creation honors Him. And in particular those who have been redeemed should be honoring Him the most in everything that they do.
There is no greater way that we can honor Him than in the way we live our lives.
How do we honor the Lord with our lives?
By patterning our lives after the one whom we are serving just like the apostles did.
John writing about the coming of the Lord says, these words in 1 John 3:2 – Beloved, now we are children of God’ and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. Here John is talking about what appearance we shall have when He comes in rapture power. He is letting us know that physically, in the resurrection, we shall take on the appearance of immortality like unto Jesus when He comes.
But brother, before we can take on the appearance of the Lord when He comes, we first are going to have to take on the appearance of the Lord in this life in the way we live it.
I want to close by admonishing you to honor the Lord. Honor Him in the manner and the way that you approach Him. Give Him reverence for He is Almighty God, the King of glory. But most of all, honor the Lord in the way that you live your life. Are you doing so? If not, then you need to get in these altars and give yourself afresh to Him. Are you honoring the Lord with your life? If not, do something about it.