Weekly Devotional: In Awe of God

Man sitting in awe of God and the beauty of nature

“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” — Psalm 145:3, NIV

Have you ever taken a moment and tried to consider the greatness of God? Maybe you’ve thought about what God has done in the Bible, in your own life or the life of someone you know. Psalm 145:3 says “his greatness no one can fathom.” As human beings, we cannot even begin to comprehend the full extent of the glory of God and His greatness. He is our Creator, our King, Savior and Lord. He is a loving, merciful, powerful, forgiving and awesome God.

Attitude of Worship and Admiration

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’” — Hebrews 12:28-29, NIV

What should our response to God’s greatness be? Hebrews 12 encourages reverence and awe. Being in awe of God implies that we have a respect toward Him as well as an attitude of worship and admiration.

Psalm 95:6 says “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” God, in His greatness, is worthy of all our devotion and praise. He is worthy of our whole hearts.

Eternally Grateful for the Cross

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” — Colossians 3:15-17, NIV

God’s love for us is awe-inspiring. He sent Jesus Christ to die in our place. This sacrifice and willingness took place while we were caught up in our sins and concerned with ourselves. To people living in today’s culture, this is almost incomprehensible. After all, why would someone sacrifice and love without anything in return? God’s mercy and love, great and awesome, is not conditional like the love we are familiar with; it is perfect.

For Christians, our response to Christ’s gift to us can be eternal gratitude. Serving God while we are living is a way to show gratitude and even after we have died, we will still praise the Lord. There is nothing we could ever do to repay what Jesus has done. However, he does not expect anything other than our hearts and love. What good news that is for us!

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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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