Yahoo Or Yaray


But you indeed are awesome! Who can stand before you when once your anger is roused? From the heavens you uttered judgment; the earth feared and was still.
~Psalms 76:7-8 NRSV


No one can know the true grace of God who has not first known the fear of God.
~A.W. Tozer

Psalm 76 is a celebration hymn of the incredible victory the LORD gave Hezekiah and the Jews over Sennacherib and the Assyrians. After the Assyrians had threatened and boasted for days about what they were going to do to Jerusalem, the LORD in one night sent a plague into the Assyrian camp and it killed 185,000 men and evidently, most of their horses. The battle was over before it actually began. God is indeed awesome and no man nor group of men are his equal on the field of battle. God did not struggled to win this battle, He simply uttered a word and it was over. No wonder He laughs when tyrants scoff and men go into a raging fits. Let me give you an analogy. A hurricane is a tropical storm or cyclone with heavy rain and circular wind that can travel as fast as 157 miles per hour. There is no man, no human agency {army, nation, etc.} that can stand in the face of a cat 5 hurricane. You can call it mother nature if you like but I’m telling you, God power is infinitely greater than anything we can imagine.

When the Jews walked out and saw all those dead Assyrian soldiers lying on the ground, they stood there is stunned silence–it was a wow moment. They knew in an instant that GOD was responsible for this overwhelming victory and they were ready to give Him praise. When I got out of the car at Niagara and walked a hundred yard are so to the falls, I stood there in stunned silence. I was absolutely amazed– It was indeed a wow moment. My first thought was–God You are awesome. My second thought was–Pictures and videos don’t do the Falls justice. You need to visit Niagara Falls. Not Ruby Falls, that is a rip off, a waste of time but put Niagara Falls on your bucket list. If you can’t afford a trip to the falls, walk outside on a clear night and look up. After all these years, I can still look up at the stars and have that wow moment. I am sure the Grand Canyon would have the same effect. I read about a family of four that went to see the canyon on their vacation. The mother made the kids, a 12-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy, take a note-book and a pen. Her instructions were for them to  journal each day. When they got to the canyon, the boy jumped out of the car and ran ahead all the way to railing at the top of the canyon; leaned over the top rail and was spitting. Dad chased him down, afraid he might try to climb the railing. He grabbed him and chewed him out. It did not get the day started the way mom intended and she was very disappointed. That night after the kids went to sleep, she got her son’s journal. He had one entry and it was for this day. He simply wrote, “Today I spit a mile.” A little humor. Paul Wilson would say, “very little.”

Our God is an awesome God, more resplendent than the sun, more majestic than mount Everest and more powerful than any hurricane. The Hebrew word for ‘awesome’ is yara [yah-ray]. It is used three times in this Psalm. Twice in the text above. God is Awesome: wise me fear Him, respect Him, praised Him and worshiped Him.


  • Rich Mullins, the man who wrote “Our God Is An Awesome God,” was a ragamuffin and like most musicians, a little eccentric or weird. Awesome God quickly became his most popular song and that upset him. He would begin his concerts with, “OK, I know what you came for so let’s get it over with or out-of-the-way.” Then he would do Awesome God and go from there to the other stuff. Had he so desired, he could have made millions from his songs but he resented the establishment and he refused to profit from his own work. He died a poor man by this world’s standards but he gave us one of the greatest praise songs of all time. Thank you Rich and you were right, OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD
  • Landon now wears a size 13 shoe which means both Cory and I can wear the ones he has outgrown. Cory told me that he laughed the other day when I walked into Corum’s wearing a pair of Landon’s old shoes because he had on a pair also.
  • I am highly impressed: David read the blog and sent me an encouraging text: we are going to have consider moving Captain Dave the little missile from the Trustee list to the Deacon list. If we can get him to stop going off the high dive in his birthday suit, I think he will be ready. Any such action will have to be approved by the Chairman of the Finance Committee and he is a hard man to impress.
  • Do you know the chemical make up of Pelosium: check it out below.
  • Rich Mullins {Video beneath} was killed in a single car accident on September 18, 1997. He was only 42 years of age. He loved to talk between songs. I loaded you a video so you can see what I mean. My favorite version is the one below, Michael W. Smith.

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