We Stand in Awe

“. . . to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen” (Jude 25).

In Your God is Too Small J. B. Phillips writes, “We have not only to be impressed by the ‘size’ and unlimited power of God, we have to be moved to genuine admiration, respect, if we are ever to worship Him.”

As Paul describes God’s merciful dealings with us, he is overwhelmed at the very thought of it all: “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” (Romans 11:33).

Reverence. Fear. Amazement. Adoration. Gratitude. Love.

A desire to prostrate oneself. A longing to serve. All these are aspects of true worship.

As J. B. Phillips reminds us, worship is possible only when we learn to stand in profound awe of our Creator, the One who provides for us and who desires above all to be our Redeemer and Father.

With hearts attuned to the greatness and goodness of God, we will be more willing to make the necessary self-surrender Paul urges on us: “a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship” (Romans 12:1).

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36).

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Adapted from an article by JDG in the daily devotional guide Power for Today

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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