The Awesomeness of God

Psalm 8:1 O Eternal, our Lord, Your majestic name is heard throughout the earth; Your magnificent glory shines far above the skies.

Recently an article in the magazine section of our Sunday newspaper was all about awe. In the article psychologist Dacher Keltner of UC Berkeley defined awe as “the feeling of being in the presence of something vast or beyond human scale, that transcends our current understanding of things.”

According to scientists who have been studying this emotion, a sense of awe isn’t just inspiring, but can be healing both physically and emotionally.

Is it any wonder that the Bible, and Psalms in particular, encourage us to express praise for the greatness of His creation?

photo by John Kees

photo by John Kees

We live in Arizona, a state that’s full of spectacular displays of God’s creativity.  Often I’m awestruck just looking at the vastness of the Grand Canyon or the red rocks of the Navajo Reservation or the tall ponderosa forest around Flagstaff.

After I finished reading the article, I began to think about why I don’t have that same sense of awe about the One who created it all.

The great cathedrals were built in order to inspire worship, and they do.  But I shouldn’t need a cathedral to feel an overwhelming sense of worship for the God who not only created the world, but also created me.

And He loves me.

When you think about who God is and what He has done in this world and in your life, it puts in perspective your difficulties in dealing with a mentally ill family member.

God is greater than any problem we could ever have.  He is sovereign and He is in control.  Scripture says that nothing is impossible for Him.

How could that not inspire awe!

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