For Sunday June 19, 2022:
WONDERMENT AND AWE
Psalm 89:7 (NKJV)
God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints,
And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.
Every week, thousands of worshipers flock into the great cathedrals of Europe to experience the majesty of the architecture—the high ceilings, massive pillars, stained-glass windows, and reverberating sounds. The ancient builders wanted to inspire us with a sense of the majesty of God, and they designed their cathedrals with that in mind.
Every week, thousands of visitors flock to America’s national parks for the same reason. We’re awestruck by the vast desolation of Big Bend, the immensity of the Grand Canyon, and the sheer cliffs and plunging waterfalls of Yosemite. The towering peaks of the Tetons and the Rockies are a wonderment. The human heart is hungry for a sense of God’s majesty.
Yes, we are God’s friends who, in prayer, can call Him, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15); but He is also clothed with majesty and girded with strength (Psalm 93). Our worship should be warm and personal, but we shouldn’t forget the awe and reverence due His name.
Let’s meditate on the “majesty” passages of Scripture and sing the old hymns that uphold the Lord’s greatness. Remember that bowing before Him in fear and reverence is an important part of worship.
It is always true that an encounter with God brings wonderment and awe.
A. W. TOZER