I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. 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.
My family and I are getting used to life with 4 children. My son Caleb is only 6 months old. He is in that super adorable stage right now where everything he encounters is the first; it is not very hard to inspire a great sense of awe in him. The glass with ice cubes is a Disney World experience. I was watching him one day and a great sense of conviction fell on me. When was the last time that I was blown away by something? When was the last time the Lord left me speechless? I know, I am a pastor. I should be overflowing with worshipful awe for the Almighty; however, there is a big difference between disciplined devotion and passionate awe for God and all He has given me to enjoy.
As a pastor, I have the unbelievable privilege to see first hand how God changes lives and works miracles, but this familiarity could produce an awe"less"ness if I get my eyes off of God and onto myself and my problems. We have a saying on our street teams, "One homeless individual will break your heart, a thousand will numb it". If we are not careful this numbness could also effect the awe factor of our lives. We have to guard our hearts from becoming grace graduates or professional Christians who no longer see themselves in desperate need of God's grace and mercy in our lives. Only by allowing the grace of God to wreck us will we have a hope of regaining the tearful awe of our first few days after we were rescued by Jesus.
The Psalmist makes it very clear in his writing that he is going to take in the AWEsomeness of our God and share it with anyone willing to hear. "One generation shares with another" is how he put it. Paul Tripp wrote a book all about Awe and in it he talks about how this one line saved his life, “We are not only responsible for carrying the awe of God in our hearts, we have a responsibility to the next generation to see it as well.” My son Caleb is a 6 month old sinner. He was born into a war for his heart and I must help him see how AWEsome our God is everyday.
Have you lost your awe? Do you once again need to be wrecked by grace? Over the next 10 days, the Dream Center NYC family will be praying and fasting for God to wreck us again and that we would spend 2017 declaring His mighty works to others.
Lord, we confess our need for grace. We are so quick to fall into the trap of awe replacement and allow other things to be our ultimate treasure. We are declaring that these next ten days are dedicated to you. May you wreck our hearts once again and give us fresh eyes to see Your AWEsome power, compassion, character, and works. In Jesus name, Amen.