Saturday, March 7, 2015

Lenten Devotion -- Saturday, March 7

Day 17

Right now, as technology is rapidly approaching black magic in its capabilities, it is very hard to be impressed by anything, let alone experience actual awe. The Psalm refers to God's awesomeness. It would be well if we keep that awesomeness (in the real sense of the word, not the culturally watered down variation ) in mind.

Experiencing awe (reverence, fearful wonder) , when thinking of God can help us get our issues in perspective. To us, those issues seem huge even insurmountable. But they are practically nothing to God:

For the Lord Most High is awesome,
    the great King over all the earth.
He subdued nations under us,
    peoples under our feet.
He chose our inheritance for us,
    the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.

In an interesting linguistic quirk: a very dear friend of mind writes "I am in owe of God" whenever she is praising God for a miracle in her life. But, in thinking about it: she is not wrong. A direct result of experiencing that awe should be a sense of gratitude and a sense of indebtedness. Perhaps a debt to be paid back in taking care of the Kingdom, here and now. (I know she does more than her fair share of that and is an example to us all...)

A discussion for another time and place is the net effect on a society that requires more and more shock and/or dazzle to be impressed because of the blaness (to coin a term), ennui or just general sensory overload.
Questions for reflection:
  1. In the time of the psalmist, kings often inspired awe. What analogies could we use today when describing the awesomeness of God?
    1. For the Lord Most High is awesome,  
      the great cloud based/high speed/high capacity/ubiquitous/computing platform
      over all the earth.
      He provides for all our information needs,
      data under our feet.
  2. How could you make awe a regular part of each day?
    1. raise our heads from our devices and look around us at the miracles God provides
    2. be more aware of God's creation as we rush through it. (better yet: try not to rush!)
    3. build observation pauses into our schedules.

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