14 Dec Our God Is Awesome
“Awesome.” A word that was so overused in the 90’s that it has lost its awesomeness.
The formal definition of awesome is: extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear.
So, a good pizza or an exciting TV show are really not that awesome. But God IS awesome. Anytime that someone in the Bible approached the presence of the Lord they were overwhelmed with a sense of awe. Can you think of a few stories in the Bible where people were awe-struck with God or with and angel? Find one. How did the individuals respond to being in the presence of God?
Here is another example to consider: Read some of Ezekiel 1. The call of the prophet Ezekiel lifted him to see the spiritual realm. Read a little of this amazing view of glorious heavenly figures. After Ezekiel witnesses the vision, here is how he responds:
“This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.”
Ezekiel’s response is typical to anyone who approaches the presence of God… his knees buckle and he does a face-plant! Why is this? Because God is AWESOME! His power brings us to our knees. His brilliance is blinding. His holiness is overwhelming. We become speechless. Worshipful. Completely submissive to the authority and might of God.
This is a really good place for us to be… on our knees aware of God’s infinite strength. This reminds us that HE is the star of the show… not us. He is working to bring about the fulfillment of His Kingdom. All things are created by Him and designed to serve Him… and we are participants in this great universal worship service that is going on right now.
The New Testament tells us that the prophets are not the only ones who can approach God. Everyone of us have been given the ability to come into the awesome presence of Lord through the blood of Christ.
“But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.”
When was the last time that you bowed to your knees in worship with a sense of awe in the presence of God? Try it now… really. Find a place where you can be alone. Fall to your knees. Raise your hands. Praise God for who He is. Take your focus off of yourself. Praise God.
You can praise Him in speech or in song as you think about his attributes (like Psalm 103).
Or you can sit in silence and turn your thoughts to Him.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
Today… right now… worship. Lift Your eyes to the mountains!