Awesome is a popular but somewhat under-rated word in today’s vocabulary. Here are a few examples…
- Q: “How’s your latte?” A: “Mmmm…awesome!”
- “Wow – I love the highlights in your hair. You look awesome!”
- “Your kids are so awesome.”
- “She’s an awesome teacher.”
Sound familiar? I’ll bet we use the word more times than we even realize in everyday conversation. What exactly does it mean? Well, the thesaurus lists several synonyms including majestic, magnificent, breathtaking, astonishing, terrifying, and intimidating. Haha – don’t get too excited, then, when someone says the highlights in your hair are awesome – are they breathtakingly beautiful or totally terrifying? And is an awesome teacher someone who loves kids and explains lessons well, or someone who’s incredibly intimidating?
Last weekend, at the Stillwood women’s retreat, we used awesome in the context of God’s character as we spoke and sang about His power, faithfulness, and love for us. Then this morning I read Psalm 89:6-8 which says, “The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God. He is far more awesome that those who surround his throne. O Lord God Almighty! Where is there anyone as mighty as you, Lord? Faithfulness is Your very character.”
When I put the synonyms into Scriptural context, the word takes on an exciting new meaning. God is not merely awesome – majestic, magnificent, breathtaking, astonishing, terrifying, and intimidating. Nope. He’s more than that. He’s far more awesome than even the angels who surround His throne, and I hear that they’re pretty incredible.
Let’s give God the credit and praise He’s due. Rather than waste energy entertaining doubt and fear, let’s choose to trust in this far more awesome God to protect and provide for us. Rather than puff ourselves up with pride, let’s fall on our faces in worship and adore this far more awesome God for who He is – the Lord God Almighty, the One who is majestic, magnificent, breathtaking, astonishing, terrifying, and intimidating. And let’s rest in the knowledge that this far more awesome God is faithful to those who love Him.
What words of praise would you like to offer for this far more awesome God?