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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

LESSONS OF JOB
(Part 13)

AWE OF GOD

Another psalm that relates to our theme for 2010 is Psalm 99. "O mighty king, lover of justice, you alone have established fairness; you have created just rule in Jacob. Exalt the Lord, our God; bow down before his footstool; holy is God!" (Ps 99:4-5). The Almighty! Just and righteous is He.

Once again, and over and over in the psalms, we are confronted with the awesome majesty of God. Becoming aware of such majesty should result in reverential fear, in awe. "The Lord is king, the peoples tremble; God is enthroned on the cherubim, the earth quakes." (Ps 99:1). For many in the world today, including Christians, God is, well, just there. Yes He is God, but, people are no longer wide-eyed with awe. Many attributes of God are talked about, like love, mercy and the like, but not His majesty. People just go about their daily lives, with God in the background, called upon mainly in times of trouble.

But our right appreciation of who God is is the foundation for everything else. And before anything else, God is the great, awesome and holy God (Ps 99:3).

Do we wonder then that God, in His great love for us, desires to catch our attention? To bring us back to the right path? To lay us low so that He can lift us high? At times then, God uses the awesome forces of nature. These might be floods, earthquakes or the like. These do not discriminate between rich and poor, powerful or powerless. Then we realize our nothingness, our helplessness in the face of nature's onslaught. Then we realize our sin, whether in being party to the degradation of the environment (when we degrade God's creation, we degrade God and His wonderful plan for us), or whether just losing our focus, from God to ourselves. Then, hopefully, we realize that only God, who controls nature, holds our well-being in His hands. In our helplessness we discover the God of hope.

Our appropriate response to God's majesty is worship. "Exalt the Lord, our God; bow down before his holy mountain; holy is the Lord, our God." (Ps 99:9). When we worship, we acknowledge God for who He truly is. We place ourselves under His care and protection. We pledge to obey Him and live our lives for Him. We commit to proclaim Him to all the nations.

When we worship, we encounter the merciful, just and holy God. Because He is holy, God wants us His creatures to be holy as well. Because He loves us, He is merciful, including punishing us for our offenses and allowing afflictions to purify us. "O Lord, our God, .... you were a forgiving God, though you punished their offenses." (Ps 99:8). Because He is just, He will carry out His wonderful plan for us, established through all eternity.

In the face of such an awesome God, in the face of the awesome forces of nature over which we have no control, we must simply bow down in humility, reverential fear and heartfelt worship of God. "Exalt the Lord, our God; bow down before his footstool; holy is God." (Ps 99:5).

God bless you all.

frank

(October 19, 2009)

"For to me life is Christ, and death is gain." (Phil 1:21)

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