God, Our Awe Maker
Three-year-old Kallie was nestled safely in her Uncles arms as they waited to see Santa at the tree lighting ceremony. Uncle Brian quietly stepped out of line and worked his way to the window of Santa’s house. Pointing and in a whispered tone, “There he is.” GASP! She saw him, she saw Santa! She was so excited she began to shake and squirm. In her extreme joy and not knowing how to express her amazement, she boldly placed both hands on her uncle’s face and kissed his cheek with everything within her. She … was … thrilled!
What is it for us that cause us such thrill? Could it be a favorable outcome to a ball game, an unexpected bonus check that has just been handed to us, or driving down a street with a beautiful array of Christmas lighting up the night sky? Thrilling!
How about God and God stuff, does that thrill us? Does HE thrill us? Psalm 92:4 is attributed to David as he wrote, “You thrill me, LORD, with all You have done for me! I sing for joy because of what You have done.” (emphasis mine) Some translations use happy, rejoice and glad, yet those alone don’t seem to magnify what David was attempting to proclaim. Pause for a brief moment and think about David. As a young lad, he left the hills of his father’s fields, to the courtyards of Saul’s mansion, to the victories of battle, to his reigning years as King. We can’t deny his many failures, yet, regardless, he knew – he thanked – he praised. He was in AWE of his God.
The word thrill is samah (saw-mock) a Hebrew verb meaning extreme joy, but it doesn’t stop there! This joy causes the lighting up of the eyes, spontaneous feeling of jubilance, a feeling so strong that it finds expression in some external act. Scholars describe samah is not meant to be kept to one’s self, it is meant to be shared! So David penned, “You thrill me LORD!” for all to read. Remember Miriam, Moses’ sister, as the Israelites, step onto dry land and all the Egyptian drowning chaos behind them took the tambourine and led all the women as they played and danced, singing to the Lord. (Exodus 15) THAT is samah, extreme joy! I feel compelled to ask, “Do we allow, or even invite God to thrill us, to be our Awe Maker?”
Spurgeon so eloquently shares, “If we are unbelieving, it is not Gods fault, for He goes out of His way to teach us faith—and sometimes He even gives what we have no right to ask, what we have no reason to expect. We are so weak, so ignorant, and so prone to unbelief that He will do anything to create, sustain and strengthen our faith in Him!” Awe Maker.
May we not belittle God and God stuff in any way, but invite and embrace Him as our Awe Maker. Oh please do – go out of Your way God to open our eyes, unstop our ears, show us Your hand! In doing so, we will share with others. A seemingly silly, simple example, but it paints the best picture, just like Kallies uncle … THERE – HE – IS!
“You thrill me Lord!”
In Him, DeDe
(“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)