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Jan 2012

Stand In Awe

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” – John 1:29

Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” – Revelation 5:11-13

This Sunday we will be introducing another new song to our Sunday gathering entitled Stand In Awe by Jeremy Riddle. It is featured on the Full Attention album by Jeremy Riddle. The song is a powerful invitation to simply come and behold and worship our kind and gracious Lord whose “love so confounding appears to us in a cleansing flow of blood.”

We believe that the rhythm, or order, of our Sunday gatherings tells a story, and we are always looking to be purposeful about proclaiming the gospel in the way that we worship corporately. This proclamation is about engaging the power of the good news that God has provided his grace to save, to sanctify, and to equip his people for this day, every day, and forever. We need this gospel to not only enter Christ’s kingdom, but we also need it to walk with him through our daily trials and demands. So we need to be reminded of heaven’s mercy in a rhythm designed to sing songs that remind us of who God is, who Jesus is, who we are, and how we respond to the triune God. Stand In Awe is one such song.

Stand In Awe begins by describing the character of God using two words: gracious and astounding, and then proceeds to describe God’s redemptive work through Christ on the cross. The song then concludes by speaking of Christ after the resurrection, focusing on his glorification, and even hinting toward His final judgement. And what we get in-between these two verses is a simple refrain that encourages us to respond to the great work of God in Christ. Here are the lyrics:

Gracious and astounding
God’s love so confounding appears to us
In a cleansing flow of blood
The Son left throne in glory
Bore the Father’s wrath and fury in our stead
And for the sins of all He bled

Stand in awe and worship
Raise your voice and worship, come adore
The King of Kings and Lord of Lords

Behold the Lamb in heaven
He was dead but God raised Him from the grave
For His arm is mighty to save
Now glorified and reigning
The keys to death and Hades in His hand
And all hail the Lord of every man

You can listen to Stand In Awe below by clicking the video, and you can purchase and download the song by clicking here. There is also a live version of the song here. I pray that thinking and singing about Jesus taking the punishment for our sin, defeating death, and now reigning as King over all, will encourage you today and everyday, and that we would respond to God in a great way for who is us, and what he done, and continues to do, for us.

imagrs

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