Tag Archive: awesome God


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one of my favourite pics ever!

some friends of mine ran a worship camp in the middle of a farm in Namibia and i was part of helping put the thing together – one of the best aspects was being out of cellphone contact and apart from some electricity for instruments it was amazing to be almost completely ‘unplugged’ for the four days of camping [knowing that hot water could be boiled on the fire for coffee helped]

the last nite of every ‘Namrock’ – as it was called – we would shine the projector with the song words at the mountain-side across the river where we were camping and sing off of the mountain. the idea of facing creation while singing to the Creator [as opposed to singing to God while facing a team of people leading worship] was just so incredibly powerful and a stunning representation to me of the word ‘Illumination.’

the campfire would illuminate the people in the camp, while the words would bring illumination to the songs reflecting the prayers and praise of our hearts… and all of this while God had already created the greatest light show on earth in the stars and planets and moon and shooting stars above…

one of those moments where you just wish the world could be stopped so you could fully appreciate it. altho every year it seemed like that is exactly what happened.

[For the previous Photo Challenge on the theme of ‘Resolved’ click here]

ah psalm 8, what a beautiful psalm, this is a classic…

this is a sunset psalm, a lightning storm psalm, this is table mountain or niagra falls psalm…

it starts and ends with this sense of this person who has just caught a glimpse of this amazing, powerful, awesome, holy, just plain BIG God and as a result he bursts forth in praise:

‘LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory in the heavens.’ [vs.1]

and finishes with:

‘LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!’ [vs.9]

this is an absolute response psalm and a great reminder of the place our prayers should come from.

now the reality is that we do not always feel like this and i believe God wants us to be open and honest and real and be able to pray to Him at those times when we are brought low and just struggling to even believe He exists or cares… and those prayers may not start off sounding like this one… but for those times when we are reminded, when we take some time to be still and know once again that He is God [psalm 46.10], that He will not give His glory to another [isaiah 42.8], when we for a moment remove our eyes from the mirror, or from looking at ourselves, our issues, our worries, our achievements, our needs, our relationships… and just lift them to Him…

we can’t but help respond in this way as well – O Lord, how magnificent You are, how awesome is Your name…

and then what follows, once we realise that this very same huge universe-creating, mind-blowing God has for some insane-to-us reason decided to involve and include and entrust us with His plans…

‘When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? [vs3-4]’

this is a rhetorical question demanding the understood answer of “exactly! who are we?’ it is a complete reflection of Who God is, rather than who we are. and yet, for some reason, He still reaches out and invites us.

this is a reminder to me to have those days of just absolutely immersing myself in the knowledge and experience and history and reality of Who God is and just responding in worship…

[To continue to Psalm 9, click here]

[To return to the start of this series on Psalms as well as some other Bible things, click here]

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