6.26.2008

30 DoW: Day 26

I chose Psalm 47
1
To the Chief Musician.
A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!
Shout to God with the voice of triumph!

2 For the Lord Most High is awesome;
He is a great King over all the earth.

3 He will subdue the peoples under us,
And the nations under our feet.

4 He will choose our inheritance for us,
The excellence of Jacob whom He loves. Selah

5 God has gone up with a shout,
The Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

6 Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!

7 For God is the King of all the earth;
Sing praises with understanding.

8 God reigns over the nations;
God sits on His holy throne.

9 The princes of the people have gathered together,
The people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
He is greatly exalted.

attribute & response:
Awesome.
In our Sunday morning Bible study we're watching a video on The Greatness & Glory of God.
While I haven't agreed with some of the teaching, I'm excited it enhances the 30 Days of Worship in it's focus on the LORD. Similar to this, they pick and concentrate on an attribute of God each session. Last Sunday, it was this word, "awesome."

The presenter went so far as to say He doesn't even like to use this word to describe anything other than God, because the true meaning of the word refers to a reverent fear. I felt that's a bit extreme because a) the secular meaning isn't anywhere close to that, and b) you could never use words like "good" or "great" or "excellent" to describe anything else, because truly only God is those as well.

But I do appreciate the reverent fear the original text has in mind. He is the all-powerful, all-knowing King of the universe. He can choose to take any or all of us out whenever He likes. He could destroy this planet and create it again with a thought. There is something to be said for a true understanding of who He is in this way, and the fear and reverence that should logically follow.

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