Awe Wars

Posted: November 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

As a Christian, you can be assured that Satan is strategically and intentionally raging an “Awe War” to get your mind off of the greatness and goodness of God and on to what the world has to offer. The evil one is relentless in his tactics and he will use all means to get the advantage on this battlefield. So what is your strategy as a Christian to maintain the front lines of your heart?  Are you really in awe of God?  Does your life, your behaviors, and even your worship reflect an awe of the mighty sovereign God that you serve?  Could it be that in this age of new gadgets, cool technology, and epic Hollywood films that you are losing the “Awe War” that rages in your heart?

When was the last time you were in awe of God’s majestic creation…a beautiful sunrise, the perfectly timed ebb and flow of the earth’s tides, an animal giving birth to it’s offspring, the intricacies of the human body, or the simple sound of the rain crashing on the ground?  When was the last time you were awestruck by God’s sovereignty or His  immanent presence in your life?   I think if you are honest, you would admit that most of your conversations are more about the latest app, that celebrity that’s getting married, or that great play that ended the game rather than what God is doing in and around your life.

As I recently read Psalm 145, I was reminded of my own “Awe War” going on inside of me.  I have gotten dangerously accustomed to the familiar and I have stagnated the never ending praise that should overflow out of my life.    I pray that as you read this Psalm, it wins a battle within your own “Awe War” and it draws you ever so closer to Father God as it did for me.  My prayer is that this Psalm will give you a resolve that allows you to boldly proclaim what this familiar song articulates, “You are beautiful beyond description, too marvelous for words, too wonderful for comprehension, like nothing ever seen or heard. Who can grasp your infinite wisdom? Who can fathom the depth of your love? You are beautiful beyond description, majesty enthroned above. And 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.” (I Stand in Awe of You by Hillsong United)

Psalm 145 (NIV)

1 I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.

3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
4 One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.
5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
6 They tell of the power of your awesome works—
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.

9 The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, Lord;
your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.

The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does.
14 The Lord upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and faithful in all he does.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
Let every creature praise his holy name
for ever and ever.

 

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