During a prayer meeting many years ago, I read aloud Psalm 145. I was stunned by how much gold was packed into just this one psalm. Even though I had read this psalm countless times before, I was gripped afresh by the exaltation of God and the lifestyle of praise. Yet again, this last week, God had me stumble upon this psalm with fresh eyes and a hungry heart to be reminded of the importance of awe in the life of a believer.
Awe for King Jesus and who God really is brings substance and nourishment to our life in God. I’ve found, in my own life, that when I stray from the identity of a worshipper and I think of worship as an activity, something that I do, my vision of who I am gets off course. Worship always needs to be an identity before it ever becomes an activity. Our first ministry in life really is unto the Lord. The sweet place where we just enjoy God for who He is and all He has done. Not worshipping Him in the hopes of getting something from Him, just doing it out of sheer delight in Him.
Over the years, I have found that when I am captivated by God it becomes much more difficult for other things to captivate my life. Most of life can tend to be mundane. Not boring, just not always a fireworks show. Because our culture has conditioned us to constantly need more and to need hype, I think a lot of us, me included, can easily look elsewhere for awe. We just want to experience something or feel something. However, when we choose, as King David did in this psalm, to bless and praise God at all times, it brings a greater sense of wonder and satisfaction to our hearts.
I have often seen in my own life and others that when we find ourselves dissatisfied in life from circumstances we are in or relationship difficulties, what we may be experiencing is a displacement of our awe of God. This can led us to look horizontal for certain things instead of vertical for the real thing, and we end up cheating ourselves of the awe of God we could have. Life isn’t fixed horizontally, but when awe of God is lacking, that is usually all we can see.
Today, may we rise up and join in with David and countless saints through the ages who remind themselves through worship of the greatness of God, of the awe He deserves. We’re once again in awe of Him and then less of the world around them.
“I will extol You, my God, O King, and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.” (Psalm 145:1-2)