Reverence for G-d


Reverence for G-d means the fear I have that G-d would see me doing something that I would be ashamed of to have HIM see me doing. This means I am aware G-d is with me everywhere I go.

The children’s saying HaShem is here. HaShem is there. Hashem is everywhere. This means G-d goes everywhere I go. HIS presence is with me at all times. This is so cool.

Man I am not Moshe yet we Jews all have a spark of Moshe in us. And you know what? I am glad G-d’s presence is with me. This is an honour and privilege to have my father walk with me.

Hard yes, however in the end this is the only way.

Show me your glory.

“Moses then told the Jewish people that G‑d’s demands on them are not excessive, and certainly not disproportionate to the great mercy that G d continues to show them.

[Moses said to the Jewish people,] “What does G‑d demand of you? Only to revere G‑d.” Deuteronomy 10:2

This “reverence” is the fear that G‑d would see us doing something that we would be embarrassed or ashamed to have Him see us do. This constant awareness that we are living in G‑d’s presence might have been easy for Moses, but how could he assume that it would be easy for the rest of us?

The answer is that indeed, every Jew contains within him a “spark” of Moses. When we reveal our inner Moses, the fear of G‑d does indeed become relatively easy to attain.

The Moses within us is thus our inborn ability to reach profound levels of Divine consciousness. Possessing this inner spark enables us all to contemplate and meditate upon G‑d’s presence within the world and His being absolutely beyond the world, and thereby awaken ourselves to a profound awareness of His presence. Even though we may not be able to sustain this awareness constantly, the depth of its impression upon us when we contemplate it profoundly makes it relatively “simple” to reawaken this awareness at any time.1 Tanya, chapter 42