“Our God is an awesome God, He reigns from heaven above…” When I first sang this song, tears and gratefulness filled my soul. I was so thankful for God getting me through the hard time of working through my past pain. However, nothing could compare to what happened just a few years later. I had my first manic episode. I was out of control and loving it. However, when I recovered, I looked back on how God protected me from harm in His awesome strength. This led to increasing fervor as I sang how God was my awesome God.
“For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth” (Psalm 47:2, NIV).
WHAT’S IN A WORD?
Awesome is “wonderful; impressive; excellent” (Webster’s New World College Dictionary). Awe is “an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder” (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary). Awe is “reverence” (Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words).
God indeed is a mighty and awesome God. We must worship and adore Him. We can praise God for all He is and all He has done in our lives.
“For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes” (Deuteronomy 10:17, NIV).
Read Deuteronomy 10:17. Who is the Lord our God?
What two words describe God in this verse?
What does God not show?
What does God not accept?
Our God is a great and mighty God. He deserves first place in our hearts. Obedience and prayer are key to a close relationship with Him after we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior. God shows no partiality and knows each of us intricately.
“Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds!’ So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you…Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind!” (Psalm 66:3, 5, NIV).
Read Psalm 66: 3, 5. What are we to say to God?
What is great in God?
What do His enemies do?
What are we to come and see?
How are His deeds described?
God’s deeds are indeed awesome. We can stand in awe of how much God has done in our lives. God’s mighty power will carry us through any trial that comes our way.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, NIV).
Read Romans 8:28. What does God do in all things?
Who does He do this for?
What have them been called to?
This is a comforting Scripture to many. Our awesome God is with us to work all things out for our good. I clung to this Scripture in the midst of my trials. In the same way, we can find comfort and peace through meditating on this Scripture.
YOUR HEART’S DESIRE
“You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!” (Psalm 68:35, NIV). Our God is an awesome God. He strengthens us in our times of need. We can praise God and lift Him up for His mighty deeds that He does in our lives.
Name a trial in your life when you felt overwhelmed.
How did God strengthen you?
How did He bring you peace?
What Scripture spoke to you during this time?
How did God bring good out of the trial?
How did you praise God as your awesome God.
“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit” (Psalm 147:5, NIV). God understands us to the most intricate detail. After all, God formed us in our mother’s womb. God is there for us to strengthen us as our awesome God in our times of need. We can then praise God for bringing us through the trial to the other side.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for being an awesome God. I stand in awe of You. You are indeed worthy of all praise. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
NUGGETS OF WISDOM
He truly Is, because He is unchangeable. Augustine of Hippo
God never built a Christian strong enough to carry today’s duties and tomorrow’s anxieties piled on top of them. Theodore Ledyard Cuyler
God loves us the way we are, but too much to leave us that way. Leighton Ford
He who knows about depth knows about God. Paul Tillich
The God of the Christians is a God of love and consolation, a God who fills the soul and hearts of his own. Blaise Pascal