Have you ever been in awe? Have you ever wanted to shout because what you just witnessed was so amazing that you can’t help but yell, YES!? Perhaps you’ve been so moved by something that you were at a loss for words?
This week, Jonathan Storment, who is the preaching minister at Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, wrote a great blog post. (check out his post HERE). He begins by explaining the lack of awe in our society.
Looking back on my life, there were certainly moments of awe that gave me all sorts of reactions. From my wife, to the birth of my children, to the constant awe and wonder of God the Creator, I have at least one moment each day that I can stand in awe of God.
But do I?
Read these words from David in Psalm 145.
1 I will exalt you, my God and King,and praise your name forever and ever.2 I will praise you every day;yes, I will praise you forever.3 Great is the lord! He is most worthy of praise!No one can measure his greatness.4 Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts;let them proclaim your power.5 I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendorand your wonderful miracles.6 Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue;I will proclaim your greatness.7 Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness;they will sing with joy about your righteousness.8 The lord is merciful and compassionate,slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.9 The lord is good to everyone.He showers compassion on all his creation.10 All of your works will thank you, lord,and your faithful followers will praise you.11 They will speak of the glory of your kingdom;they will give examples of your power.12 They will tell about your mighty deedsand about the majesty and glory of your reign.13 For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.You rule throughout all generations.The lord always keeps his promises;he is gracious in all he does.14 The lord helps the fallenand lifts those bent beneath their loads.15 The eyes of all look to you in hope;you give them their food as they need it.16 When you open your hand,you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.17 The lord is righteous in everything he does;he is filled with kindness.18 The lord is close to all who call on him,yes, to all who call on him in truth.19 He grants the desires of those who fear him;he hears their cries for help and rescues them.20 The lord protects all those who love him,but he destroys the wicked.21 I will praise the lord,and may everyone on earth bless his holy nameforever and ever. (Psalm 145 NLT)
5 I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles. 6 Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim your greatness.
We spend so much time in our own little personal world that we forget Who’s world we live in. Verses 5 and 6 I believe are a great glimpse into what it looks like to live a life of worship to God.
Perhaps we just need to open our eyes to God’s greatness. Life hits us with so much negative that we forget about the awe-inspiring deeds and glorious splendor.
We praise God because of who He is. You see, circumstances change. Sometimes they are bad and sometimes good. But the character of God never changes. He is completely independent of our circumstances.
Our situation may look bad, but God is never bad. God is good!
I may have sickness in my body, but that doesn’t change the fact that God is a healer. Jehovah Rapha means “the Lord who heals me.” The doctor may say your situation is hopeless, but God is faithful. He is strong and mighty. God never lies, He never leaves, and He never fails.
Regardless of my situation, I have a reason to praise God, because He never changes.
Here is a song that speaks to God’s greatness. My hope for us as believers is that we can consistently worship the Creator of all things. Seek out the awe and wonder of God and then give Him glory and praise in all you do.
by Luke Coles