Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! Psalm 33:8
“Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him!”
That’s you! That’s me!
May I ask you a question?
Are you standing in AWE?
Or has it, perhaps, been weeks since you’ve experienced a sense of wonder, amazement, or AWE?
So, HOW? How do we regain the awe? (Or increase it if it’s not altogether lost?)
Regaining the Awe
First, we need to learn to PAUSE.
Seriously, where is there any room in our hurry-scurry lives for awe?
Get outside! Go for a walk, enjoy a picnic lunch, take a trip to the mountains or the beach. Look, listen, smell, touch, taste. Fix your mind on the breathtaking beauty and wonder of God’s amazing creation.
Another thing that will help us in regaining the awe is for us to learn to sit. (And I don’t mean in front of a screen.)
With purpose and intention, we must learn to regularly pull ourselves away from all that is going on around us and draw near to God.
Consider beginning your time with a couple of slow, deep breaths followed by a few moments of total silence. In the silence, learn to listen – no speaking, no agenda. Simply listen.
This time of sitting might also be time for things like Bible reading, prayer, offering gratitude, and soul-reflection. The key is intentional time carved out to draw near to God.
The word “behold” is used frequently in the Bible as an interjection. You remember – those words in a sentence that generally show excitement or emotion. We loved using them as children because they were often followed by an exclamation mark!
Today, we tend to use the word more often as a verb. It’s meaning? To observe; to look at; or to see.
We’re all fairly good at beholding. The question is – WHAT are we beholding? Our looks, our status, our job, our social media feed, what we don’t have?
We regain our awe, not by beholding ourselves but by beholding God.
The Secret of Beholding – knowing something and seeing something with spiritual vision that everybody else can’t see.Priscilla Shirer
Learn to look intently at God.
Two Ways to Look Intently at God
1. Recognize Who He Is
While you are sitting, behold who God is by digging into your Bible.
- Learn His names. Study them.
- Chart His attributes.
- After reading any passage of Scripture, ask yourself what it teaches you about God.
2. Remember What He Has Done
One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.Psalm 145:4-7
One of the keys to regaining the awe of God is REMEMBERING what He has done.
- Meditate on His wondrous works that are recorded in the Bible.
- Think on the blessings that are yours because of Christ’s work on the cross.
- Tell your story of God’s work in your life. Share it with your family and friends.
Slow down. Draw near. Behold.
Available Now – Just for Praise & Worship
Just for Praise and Worship is a new resource filled with Scripture-based activities that invite us to sit with God, engage with the Bible, and behold who He is.
Through studies of God’s names, His attributes, our identity in Him, and others, we are prompted to turn our gaze toward God — helping us to grow in wonder and regain our awe.
Currently there are two options available for purchase of this resource.
Just for Praise & Worship Booklet Only
Perfect for individual use, small groups, or group studies. Work at your own pace.
Available through Gumroad.
$5.00 (Introductory Price)
Just for Praise & Worship Online Group (Group begins Monday, February 3, 2020)
A 10-week “journey” in growing in response to God. Together, the group will work through the booklet which is included. (The group will meet via a private Facebook group. Please include your email address and Facebook “name” with payment so we can get you in the group.)
$10.00 (Introductory Price)