Awesome Indeed

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Awesome Indeed
'What is awe?
A profound sense of awe towards God is undoubtedly the dominant element in the attitude or set of emotions that the Bible calls the fear of God. A popular definition of the fear of God is "reverential awe", and I have concluded that this is indeed a good definition.
 
Why do we say reverential? It's to indicate that this sense of awe is specifically directed towards God. Imagine yourself driving across one of our central states on a sultry overcast day. Suddenly you catch sight of a violent tornado spinning across the plains towards you, lifting houses and barns in the air and leaving wholesale destruction in its path. Immediately you feel a gripping sense of awe that includes, not only for your own safety, but also amazement at the storm's overwhelming power. Obviously you're experiencing awe in a very real sense. But that is not reverential.
 
Finally, the tornado passes, leaving you safe. You begin to think of the hand of God behind the tornado. You reflect on the fact that the roaring twister was a visible manifestation of His mighty power. Now your awe is focused not only on the tornado, but on God. It has become a reverential awe, a mixture of fear, veneration, wonder, and admiration, all directed toward God himself.
 
There are many facets of the fear of God and many outworkings of its presence in the believer's life; so to restrict its meaning only to reverential would fail to do justice to the biblical concept. But underneath all of these many facets and outworkings is this profound sense of awe towards God that provides the motivation and driving force for all other elements that together make up the biblical portrait of fearing God.'*
 
My Father in heaven, who is like you? In this moment I give you praise, oh Lord God, You are great and awesome, the God who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him. Thank you for hearing my praise and my prayers. Thank you for all that you have done and all that you are doing and all that you will do. Thank you for your word, for all that you have spoken. I stand in awe of you.
 
 
You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, oh God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth.
Psalm 65:5
 
Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in all of your deeds, oh Lord.  Habakkuk 3:2
 
You are awesome, oh God, in your sanctuary.  Psalm 68:35
 
I will sing praises to your name, O Most High. How awesome is the Lord most high, the great king over all the earth!  Psalm 9:2; Psalm 47:2

*I Give You Glory, O God by Jerry Bridges.
In I Give You Glory, O God, Bridges offers you the best reasons and the best words for bringing honor to your awesome, incomparable God.
In his third powerful volume of the Private Worship Trilogy, this beloved author gives you the encouragement, motivation, and specific guidance you seek for your private, individual worship of God. As a result, you can better see and understand what it really means to glorify God. To fear God. To live as his child. To follow his wisdom day by day. And you can begin to experience the blessings God promises as you truly live for him.
Available on Amazon: ISBN 1578566290
 
Linda Miller | Ministry Development

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