At some point point in our spiritual development, we become reluctant to act in ways contrary to the spirit of God out of love rather than out of fear. Fear of the Lord is based in awe that is joyful rather than frightening. It gives us a sense of the greatness of God and sparks in us a sense of amazement. When we realize how wondrous God is, we start to grasp God’s overwhelming otherness. It urges us to gain a deeper intimacy with God and generates profound respect and wonder. Fear of the Lord is the gift of reverence for God as creator. It allows us to remember exactly who we are and who God is. It is a fundamental recognition that there is no life without God’s energyzing Spirit, and that one’s deepest hope is to always live in relationship with God.
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you.
Meditate on your relationship with God and your understanding of God’s revelation of Godself in all things and experiences in your life.
Let all the earth be in awe of God; let all the people of the world be in awe of God.
Stand in awe of God.
Let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.
If you can’t be in awe of Mother Nature, there’s something wrong with you.
Awe enables us to see in the world intimations of the divine,
to sense in small things the beginning of infinite significance,
to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple, to feel
in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal.
Abraham Joshua Heschel
Religious awe is the same organic thrill which we feel in a forest at twilight, or in a mountain gorge.
God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, “Ah!””
The first act of awe, when man was struck with the beauty or wonder of Nature, was the first spiritual experience.
There is no language of the holy. The sacred lies in the ordinary.