How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth! (Psalm 47:2)
Awesome! Amazing! Fantastic! Wow! (Or, if you belong to a younger generation: Cool! Magic! – even ‘Wicked’!) What words do you use when something is so good it almost takes your breath away? Whatever your words, that’s exactly how the writers of the Bible felt about God. For them, talking to God didn’t demand special or religious language, far removed from ordinary life; God was so amazing that he was worth telling so with words that came spontaneously and naturally! The football fan might shout; the theatregoer might applaud; the nature lover might sigh; but the worshipper who knows God has real cause for getting excited. For worship is what we were made for, and worship is what we are called to spontaneously express.
In some church traditions, services often begin with a ‘call to worship’ – generally a Scripture or anthem that focuses on God and that helps us ‘tune in’. The Bible is full of such ‘calls to worship’, encouraging us to come into God’s presence with a sense of ‘wow!’ in our hearts as we see stand amazed once again at how truly awesome he is. Moses reminded God’s people in the book of Deuteronomy that their God was ‘a great and awesome God’ (7:21), who does ‘great and awesome deeds’ (4:34) and ‘great and awesome wonders’ (10:21), which is cause indeed for us to ‘revere this glorious and awesome name’ (28:58). The Psalms too are full of a sense of God’s awesomeness. Psalm 66, for example, urges us to ‘shout with joy to God’ (v. 1) and to say, ‘How awesome are your deeds!’ (v. 3) and invites us to ‘come and see what God has done, how awesome his works on man’s behalf!’ (v. 5).
God is truly awesome! And we are encouraged to consider the works of his hands, to remember his faithfulness in the past, to marvel at the intricacies of his creation, to ponder upon his grace to sinners, to rejoice in his acts of kindness – and to join with those who say, ‘Wow! What an awesome God you are!’
Go on! Get excited about your God today!
Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? (Exodus 15:11)
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