"But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house, I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you."
The author of Psalm 5 asks God to hear his prayer. He remarks how God hates evil, wickedness, liars, braggarts, and the bloodthirsty. Then he contrasts all those with himself. "I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house... in awe of you." He comes into God's presence, not on his own righteousness and merit, but instead out of "the abundance of (God's) steadfast love."
WORSHIP. I remember hearing that the word originally meant WORTH-ship... testifying that God is WORTH our adoration. The Psalmist knows that. He speaks of bowing down in awe of God.
The classic cathedrals of Europe do a wonderful job of evoking awe & reverence. They are so huge, so majestic, so inspiring, one can't help but feel in awe of the Almighty. Today's churches & worship spaces tend to lean towards intimacy rather than awe. We gravitate towards the "friendship and love" aspect of God more than the "reverence and awe" aspect. But are we missing something?