Overcome with Awe

June 23, 2024

Book: Psalms

Scripture: Psalm 8

Awe is the feeling which we experience when we encounter mysteries that transcend our understanding of the world. The Christian life is supposed to be a life of awe, but it frequently isn’t. In Psalm 8, however, we see that God calls us to have awe not only in Creation, but also in God’s plan for humanity. In Vs. 3, David glorifies God by looking at creation, but then increases his praise as he considers God’s mindfulness of humanity. This is not to say that we should adopt a humanistic emphasis in worship. Rather, the more we understand God’s plan for humanity, the more it points to his goodness and glory. It is designed to lead the reader into a transcendent moment where we see that we are more loved than we realize, so that we can focus more on his majesty.

Why do our lives so frequently lack awe? Because the world so frequently emphasizes the banal, leading us to focus on the trivial, temporal things of our day-to-day lives. It’s so much easier to do this than tackle a mystery. But understand the importance of awe in worship: it erodes our own worth because it draws our hearts toward the glory of God. Let’s follow David, then, in his worship of God, considering the majesty of his creation, and the mystery of his love and redemption of mankind.