Thursday, September 17, 2009

Standing in Awe of the Love of God

What are some things that really "wow" you? I mean really make your jaw drop?

I salivate over beautiful cookware, good chocolate, and great books. Okay, so I don't get all slobbery, but I can browse for hours in a bookstore, I can sit for hours at a time reading, and I could max out a credit card on Le Creuset cast iron cookware.

How long has it been since I have really just all out praised God for His holy name and the fact that He alone is God? The question I asked myself today is if God still wows me. I am pleased to be able to answer, "He does!"
"No one is like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power." ~ Jeremiah 10:6

"Who among the gods is like you, O LORD? Who is like you - majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?" ~ Exodus 15:11

"For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God." ~ Psalm 86:10

I am in awe that the God of the universe knows me, loves me, and is involved in my daily life on an intimate level.

Out of 6,943,738,621people on earth right now (and counting), God knows me. The God who is great, whose name is mighty in power, the God who is majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, the God who works wonders, is great and does marvelous deeds loves me.

"But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness." ~ Psalm 86:15 (Emphasis, mine)
How does God show His love?

"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." ~ 1 John 4:9-10

How could we not be in awe of a God like that? The only God. The one TRUE God. I asked myself another question today. "How do I show my love for God in putting Him first?" This morning I overslept and only had a few minutes before leaving for work to sit down. What I really wanted to do was read a book, but a glance over at the end table showed my Bible open to where I had left off in Matthew. I had a choice to make. Steve knows that on Wednesday nights at 7:30, I enjoy watching Grant Jeffrey on TBN. He knows I won't miss it and if I do have to miss it, he records it for me. (I'm DVR illiterate at the moment.) I stop whatever I'm doing on Wednesday nights at 7:30 and catch that show! I can spend time with him, read, do chores at home, go buy food from afar at Walmart, or visit relatives, but I forgo all that because I love Bible Prophecy Revealed. I have a choice to make. When it comes to loving God, do I put Him first? If I haven't had my quiet time for the day, do I choose God or something else? If I haven't prayed, do I choose God or something else?

"You shall have no other gods before me" ~ Exodus 20:23

Above all, whether it's reading, cookware, chocolate or even a television show, I will have no other god's before You, Lord. I will give You my whole heart and praise Your awesome name. I will love You with the everlasting love with which You have loved me, and I thank You for that love and grace manifested through Your Son Jesus. What beautiful names You have, Lord God.

This post originally ran on 9/12/08.



He & Me + 3 said...

Amen. I love that wordle. That is a framer. Good to read your posts. You have been missed. Hope all is well.

Melanie said...

Wow.. so true! I think we need think more often we do need to consider if God "WOWS" us. A great way to determine where we are in our relationship with the Lord.

So glad to see a post from you... I miss your posts! Love you!

Peggy said...

WOW! AWESOME! Blessings Laurie Ann,
Miss you so much and reading thoughts like these. All that came to my mind as I was reading through all your inspirational insights...were the words to the song:

I stand, I stand in awe of You:
Holy God to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of You

You are beautiful beyond description
Too marvelous for words...
Too wonderful for comprehension
Like nothing ever seen or heard
Who could...

So I leave once more IN AWE!
I'm glad to see you repost some of your greats! And I love the WORDLE of God's Names...a real keeper!

Praying & thinking of you often,
(((hugs))) well not today cuz I'm feeling sick but otherwise...

Kari said...

Very rarely I leave a comment but I am so glad you're back. I kept checking and was sad thinking maybe that was the last post in August. Just wanted you to know you are really touching me with all your lessons. They're helping me grow. Thanks so much. Take care.

Anonymous said...

Very rarely I leave a comment but wanted to let you know I miss your lessons. I was sad thinking the last post in August was last. Your lessons help me grow and wants me to dig in the Word more deeply. Thanks for inspiring me! Take care.

Kari said...

oops I posted twice. I'm new at this obviously. (laugh)

Melanie said...

Hi, Laurie Ann. Just dropping by to say HI and to let you know I've been thinking about you. I've missed hearing from you. I know you've had a rough summer and I hope it improves soon. I'm praying for you! Love you!!

Rita T. said...

I always cringe a little when people use the word "awesome" to describe trivial things. God alone is awesome....

I have an award for you at my blog. I do so enjoy my visits here.

Shauna Renee' said...

Blessings, blessings, blessings. You are a WOW! Truly a Woman of Worth! Thank you for your faithful posts. I have a loooong ways to grow!

Apron of the Month Club said...

Hello, this is 1st visit to your blog and I feel totally blessed by your words of wisdom.