Have you ever met a celebrity? Have you ever asked a famous ballplayer for his autograph? Did you ever have to go to the principal’s office? If you are like most folks, meeting someone of great importance renders you awestruck. Your hands shake. Your mouth goes dry. And every intelligent syllable you wanted to say comes out of your mouth at once-or not at all.
Imagine being invited by God to be His guest of honor at a banquet inside His house? Would you be excited or would you dread the anticipated event? If you are a Believer, then you are already invited. Nervous?
“Holy and awesome is His name”
(Psalm 111:9). Our God is an awesome God. The awe of God, the awe of His holiness, the awe of His power, and the awe of His presence often take a back seat to the friendly, loving Savior. Yes, He is friendly and loving, for “the Lord is gracious and full of compassion” (v. 4). However, He is also holy and awesome.
When we have an awe of God, then sin is shameful to us. When Daniel prayed in sackcloth and ashes, he asked for God’s forgiveness of sin. “And I prayed to the LORD my God and made confession, and said, ‘O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, …to us belongs shame…because we have sinned against You” (Dan 9:4, 8). When we recognize our awesome God, we recognize the disgrace of sin.
Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, And I will declare Your greatness (Ps. 145:6).
Believers need to tell others about the awesome nature of God and of His gift of eternal life. We also need to recognize the awesome power of God in church.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people and praise Him in the assembly of the elders (Psalm 107:31, 32).
“Holy and awesome” are but two of the words that describe our risen Savior. Jesus Christ is holy because He was tried and tested in all points, yet He was without sin. He is awesome because of Calvary.
He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever (Ps. 111:9).
The best-kept secret of Calvary is that God came down not to save His Son but to smite His son. Jesus died not from the physical torture but from the agony of our sins. God’s wrath will fall on the Savior or the sinner. If you accept Calvary, an eternity in heaven with Jesus awaits you. If you reject Calvary, the wrath of God is yours.
Whoever is wise will observe these things, and they will understand the lovingkindness of the LORD (Ps. 107:43).