They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy. Psalm 65:8
I never get tired of visiting Niagara Falls. To get the best view, you really need to see it from the Canadian side. However, if you really want to see it up close, take the boat tour called “The Maid of the Mist”. The boat will take you right up into the basin of the Horseshoe Falls. Once you are there, you are surrounded by the incredible force of one of God’s awesome creations. I have had many opportunities to experience this thrill, and each time I have a sense of awe and wonder of how great our God really is! Niagara Falls is known as “one of the natural wonders of the world”, but we know who created it!
Lately our church staff has been watching a series of videos by pastor Paul Tripp. In these videos Paul has been stressing the dangers of loosing our awe of God. When this happens, we tend to be far less grateful for the grace and mercy that He has richly lavished upon us.
Romans 12:1 tells us that “in view of of God’s mercy, we should offer ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, our true and proper worship”. How we view God shapes how we live our lives. When we are truly grateful for His grace and mercy, we will find that our lives are pleasing to Him.
The later part of Romans 12:1 speaks of worship. Louie Gigleo has said that “worship is our response both personal and corporate, to God for who He is, and what He has done; expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live.”
In Exodus chapter 15 we find a song of Moses and the nation of Israel. It’s a song of praise to God for delivering them from the hands of Pharoah and his army.
Verse 11 says “Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?” There is no doubt that this verse conveys the sense of awe that was felt in the hearts of those singing the praises of God that day.
At times, we allow the pressures of life to rob us of our sense of awe of God. If that’s where you’re at right now, why not simply ask God to give you a fresh encounter of His presence and to restore to you the joy of your salvation in Jesus?
We need to be in a continual state of awe and wonder of who our God is and what He has done.
Today, reflect on all the ways God has blessed and enriched your life. Give Him all the praise as you stand in awe of Him. He is a great God! There is no God like our God!
I stand, I stand in awe of You. I stand, I stand in awe of You.
Holy God to whom all praise is due. I stand in awe of You