Worship Matters 9.18.2023


As we prepare our hearts to worship this week I would like to encourage you to meditate on how terribly awful God is. Yes, I know that it may seem quite strange perhaps even sinful for me to ask you to think of God in such a way but I assure you that God would not mind it at all. As a matter of fact, I believe He commands us to think and speak of him in this way. Our God is terribly awful.

This might feel real uncomfortable at first but it’s only because we are used to associating the word “awful” with that which is very unpleasant or extremely horrific. We visit a restaurant expecting to enjoy a delicious meal but receive awful service instead. Or we hear in the news of another tragedy that cost someone’s life and think to ourselves “That’s terribly awful”. But did you know that the word “awful” did not always have that meaning? In fact, the word “awful” actually meant the total opposite. It was used to express profound reverence and being “full of awe” due to something extremely beautiful.

It’s in this sense that I would like to encourage you to think of God this week. Think of how awesomely beautiful our God is and prepare to approach Him in humble reverence and worship.

Here are a few verses to fill our minds with and I pray they will move our hearts to offer God awful worship.

“You who fear the Lord, praise Him; All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, And stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel.” (Ps‭‭ 22‬:‭23‬)

“Come and see the works of God, Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men.”
(Ps 66:5)

“Let them praise Your great and awesome name; Holy is He.” (Ps 99:3)

“He has sent redemption to His people; He has ordained His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name.” (Ps 111:9)


As usual you can listen to the songs we’ll be singing on the Youtube or Spotify playlists below. I hear almost every week from different people who share different ways when and where they listen to the music throughout the week. I hope you all are able to find some times throughout the week to listen, reflect, and familiarize yourself with these hymns. 

  1. God Of Wonders
  2. Your Great Name
  3. How Great Is Our God
  4. Behold Our God
  5. I love You with the love of the Lord

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This epic hymn was written by Sovereign Grace Music in 2011. This song portrays God in his majesty and power. It asks rhetorical questions throughout the verses to remind the hearer of what God is really like. No one else is like our God and no one else is worthy of our adoration and praise. Below are the lyrics for this song.

Verse 1
Who has held the oceans in his hands?
Who has numbered every grain of sand?
Kings and nations tremble at his voice
All creation rises to rejoice

Behold our God, seated on his throne
Come, let us adore him
Behold our king, nothing can compare
Come, let us adore him

Verse 2
Who has given counsel to the Lord?
Who can question any of his words?
Who can teach, the one who knows all things?
Who can fathom all his wondrous deeds?

Verse 3
Who has felt the nails upon his hands?
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man
God eternal, humbled to the grave
Jesus, Savior, risen now to reign

You will reign forever (let Your glory fill the Earth)
You will reign forever (let Your glory fill the Earth)

As you reflect and worship God this week by listening to this song and others, I encourage you to find some Bible verses that teach the truths of this song. 

Can’t wait for Sunday


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