To live coram Deo is to live in the presence of God, under the authority of God, and to the glory of God. Given that only nine percent of all professing Christians hold to a distinctly biblical worldview, we must examine ourselves against Scripture and take inventory of all our presuppositions and commitments. Do we live our lives in terms of God’s law-word or do we import humanistic philosophies into our understanding of reality? Do we confess with our lips, “Jesus is Lord,” yet deny Him with our lives?
Living coram Deo is intentional, purposeful, and with the full realization that our Sovereign God is our Judge, our Lawmaker, and our King. He is our ultimate and final authority. All power, glory, and honor belong to Him and to Him alone. Our lives must be lived in submission to Him and His revealed will. He is not our savior if He is not our Lord. There is no room for neutrality here. Either He is the determiner of our lives or man is. To be double minded is to dwell in the city of man, under its authority and shackles but expecting the love and mercy of the King of Kings, from whom the unredeemed are alienated.
To love God is to know God as He has revealed himself. To love God is to love His law, meditating on it day and night, living out our lives in accordance with His law-word regardless of the opinions of autonomous man. To love God is to love those made in the image of God, great and small, weak and mighty, and to love the imago Dei enough to speak the truth in love even midst the scorn and mockery of unbelievers.
Whatever man may stand, whatever he may do, to whatever he may apply his hand – in agriculture, in commerce, and in industry, or his mind, in the world of art, and science – he is, in whatsoever it may be, constantly standing before the face of God. He is employed in the service of his God. He has strictly to obey his God. And above all, he has to aim at the glory of his God.