Awesome God 2

Awesome God

God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him. (Psa89:7)


What IS Awesome?

Being Impressed in His Presence (Gen 28:17)

Hebrew: yare = fear, trembling, trepidation / shachah = fall down, prostrate

Greek: deos, phobeo, entrepo = reverence and godly fear

ESV 'awesome' - ASV and KJV render 'dreadful' 'fearful' and most often 'terrible.'


If Everything is "Awesome"... (The Lego Movie)

Steak dinner, Bahamas cruise, action movie, new car... all these are "awesome!"

An ultra-superlative generation: texts & emails explode with exclamations

God is not deep-dish pizza. He IS the only One Awesome.

(Exodus 15:11) Who is like you, O LORD - awesome in glorious deeds?


Known by His Deeds

(Psa 45:4)  in the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness

(Psa 65:5)  By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness

(Psa 66:5)  He is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.


Seen in Nature

(Job 37:22) Out of the north comes golden splendor (aurora borealis)

(Psa65:8) the going out of the morning and the evening (sun rise & set)

(Psa139:14) I am fearfully and wonderfully made (human frame)


His Great Deliverance

(Ex34:10)  see the work of the LORD, - an awesome thing (the Exodus)

(2Sam7:23)  doing for them great and awesome things (nation Israel)

(Isa 64:3) You did awesome things that we did not look for (above expectation)


His People Stand in Awe

(Psa22.23) Fear, praise, stand in awe of Him (those who know Him)

(Psa68:35) Awesome is God ... gives power and strength to his people

(Psa33:8) Let all the earth fear the LORD (invite others to join them)


Covenant-Keeping God

(Psa 111:9)  He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is His name!

(Neh1:5) the great and awesome God who keeps covenant (petition His aid)

(Mal 2:5) My covenant with him - He stood in awe of my name (Levi / priests)


No Fear of Men

(Deut7:21) the LORD your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God.

(Neh4:14) Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome

(Matt10:28) fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 


Fearful in Justice

(Joel2:11)  The day of the LORD is great and very awesome; who can endure it?

(Joel2:31) ... the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.

(Zeph1:14-15) The great day of the LORD is near - A day of wrath is that day


How to 'Fear' God

Not respond in timidity - incapacitated, impotent (2Tim1.7)

But in reverence, respect, service and praise (Rev14.7 / 19.5)

Active Reverence: bringing holiness to completion (2Cor7.1)


Praise Him!

(Psa66:3)  Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds!

(Psa99:3)  Let them praise your great and awesome name! Holy is he!

(Psa145:6)  speak of the might of your awesome deeds - declare your greatness


Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe. (Heb 12:28)


notes by David Teel Saturday, May 16, 2015