I don’t get the whole clown phobia thing but I have a close friend who does. Perhaps I haven’t watched enough horror movies being that my sum total is ONE. But then again phobias are often fears that make little sense to others. For her a picture, movie, or the inclusion of clowns at a haunted house makes her tremble in fear.

Throughout the Word we are told to fear the Lord yet this fear is completely opposite of phobias. The author of Psalm 96 wrote-

“Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.” Psalm 96:9

Many of the words in this Psalm and the ones around it focus on worshiping God. Multiple verses tell of God’s greatness demonstrated in creation and his boundless love and mercy. The ‘tremble before him’ isn’t irrational fear or terror but a natural reaction born out of an awe of Him when we get the right perspective.

Too often, though, I am caught up in what’s going on in my life- my wants, my dreams, and my problems. I fail to pause and ponder the wonders of the God who created the beauty of the sunset, who keeps this universe spinning in perfect rhythm, and who sees every event in the past, present, and future. I tend to box God in and make Him smaller than he is. I push Him aside. I give Him little attention.

Man, do I get things out of order!

Instead of hitting pause on God, I need to pause my thoughts and perpetual motion and consider the greatness of God. To really take in the very idea that the God of this universe is inviting me to approach the throne of Grace with confidence. To bask in the love, mercy, and grace he so undeservedly pours over my life. To stare in wonder at the beauty of creation taking in everything from His most minute details to the expansiveness of the heavens. To worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness, to tremble before him.

Lord, you are magnificent and mighty! Help me to understand on a deeper level the greatness of your power that I might spend more time trembling before you in holy reverence. Amen

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