What does the word “Awe” mean to you?
“Awe” isn’t a word that we use much anymore. For me, “Awe” is being totally amazed with something, jaw dropped, mind blown, staring with a strange mixture of admiration and sudden humility, while being completely overwhelmed.
It’s that feeling of admiration and respect. Like when you first gazed at a great natural wonder like the Grand Canyon, or some amazing architecture like the Colosseum. That admiration and awe, is what we should hold in our heart when we consider God.
Psalm 4:4 says, “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.” What an amazing statement! We are so busy trying to run our lives, make things right, please ourselves, and more- that we forget to stand in awe of God. The contrast in this verse sends a very clear message. It strongly suggests that if you are in awe of God, you will refrain from sin.
But let’s take it a step further. In the Greek, the word for awe doesn’t just mean respect, it literally means “to tremble.”
Do you tremble when you think of God?
Our admiration and respect for God should keep us from sin. But also our fear of God. Many of us have lost a healthy reverence for the Lord, and I honestly believe that that is a main reason why we treat sin so flippiantly. If we trembled with respect, awe, and fear of God, we would naturally keep ourselves from sin.
This respect, awe, and fear, isn’t something that we can flip a switch and create in our heart. It’s something that must be developed. The verse finishes with: “Commune with your own heart on your bed, and be still. Selah.”
This verse does not command that we suddenly “do’ something. It calls for us to cease from doing. It calls to each and every one of us to be still. To regain our awe of God. To speak to our own heart and realize the greatness of our Lord.
Won’t you quiet your heart in respect of God today?
Won’t you commune on your bed,
and be still?