Some years ago, while vacationing in the Bahamas, my traveling buddies and I visited an aquarium in Nassau. As we walked through looking at the various marine life, I found myself standing in front of one of the most beautiful fish I’d ever seen. It was magnificently colorful. I stood there amazed, almost mesmerized by its beauty and as I read the information about the fish, I became overwhelmed! The God of all creation had not only made it breathtakingly beautiful, but had designed it so that its beauty was its protection from predators. Tears began to flow.
“What’s wrong with her?” one of my friends asked the other. And very matter-of-factly, the response came, “Oh, she’s just worshiping!” Creation had declared His glory. I had been given a revelation of God as Creator, had seen His wisdom in a new, a fresh way, and it evoked the only response it could–one of adoration and worship!
One of my favorite passages in the Bible is John 17:3. Jesus is praying and He says, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” True, perpetual life, a life not marked only by quantity of years, but by quality, life as God always intended is knowing Him. He wants us to know Him in deeper, more intimate ways. He uses every opportunity to reveal His heart to us. He delights in revealing Himself to us through what seems to us the ordinary, even the mundane. He reveals Himself in ways that we often miss because we just are not always present to His Presence.
This is eternal life — that we know Him. To “know” implies intimacy. The word speaks to experience and goes beyond something we gain from reading a book or hearing a sermon. It is knowledge by experience — up close and personal!
The God we serve is so great, so vast, so infinite that there is absolutely no way we can exhaust our knowledge of Him. No matter how much we think we know of Him, we have only scratched the surface. There is more He desires to reveal of Himself! I believe that our worship will only be as deep as our revelation of Him. Deeper revelation, deeper levels of worship.
When was the last time you looked at the Father through His word, through His creation, through His Son, saw His grandeur, His majesty, His splendor, His greatness and were simply speechless? All you could manage to utter was, “WOW!” When was the last time He absolutely took your breath away and you stood in awe?
This week let us all open our eyes to see God in new ways. Let us become like children who marvel at the sight of the moon or a sunset, who stand amazed by the blossoming of a rose, who take delight in the praise song of a bird, who marvel at each raindrop! Gaze at the beauty, the holiness, the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ and simply stand in awe!
A songwriter penned these words to the Lord:
“You are beautiful beyond description, too marvelous for words.
You’re too wonderful for comprehension;
You’re like nothing ever seen or heard.
Who can grasp Your infinite wisdom?
Who can fathom the depths of Your love?
You are beautiful beyond description;
Majesty enthroned above.
I stand, I stand in awe of You!”
Live present to His Presence and stand in awe!