So reverent of God were the Old Testament Jews that they would not even utter His name. Certainly, this high view comprises a proper respect and even fear of the One to whom we answer in both this life and the next. “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth, who hast set Thy glory above the heavens” (Psalm 8:1).
Most of the Jews of old, however, missed the truth that God can only be truly known if we also include a low view in our understanding and response.
“Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart” (Matthew 11:28-29).
The high view of God prepares us to recognize our need and unworthiness. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10). The low view of God, as revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ, assures us that we approach a “throne of grace” unto which our Creator beckons us (Hebrews 4:16). Upon our arrival there, we shall discover that our great and glorious Master bears the heart of a Father, a Lamb, and a Dove.
“One of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain” (Revelation 5:5-6).
I am sure that the majesty of God known in Heaven will often cast us to our faces in reverent awe, wonder, and the sense of joining the prophet Isaiah who “saw the Lord high and lifted up” (Isaiah 6:3). “I am undone!” declared Isaiah. I suspect, however, that our most devoted response will result from the enraptured gaze upon God’s loving humility. I often make the comment, “The only One who has anything to be proud of, is not. No trace of arrogance or self-importance exists in the heart of the God so high that He can safely and comfortably be lowly. Nothing more humbles us, or motivates love in us than the recognition of One glorious in humility, and humble in glory.
Christians’ high view of ourselves is based solely upon God’s presence and working in us. Proper response to the Bible’s teaching regarding this most vital of matters makes possible the genuine lowly view of ourselves that must exist concurrently with the high view. Affirming the person we are in Christ so secures and fulfills our hearts that we can joyfully follow our Lord down those paths that lead to the joy of His humility. Yes, the high view makes desirable the low view, and the low view causes us to affirm the high view that so exalts and honors the Father, the Lamb, and the Dove.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: ho, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:5-8).