God uses various entry points to come into our lives, and awe is one such gateways. Awe enables us to sense possibilities previously unimagined, which is very useful in scientific research, and can enable us to grasp a deeper sense of God. We may stand in awe when we see the beauty around us, or hear the surge and thunder of the ocean, or sense the quiet of a late summer evening. We may experience awe through poetry and music, or the smell of wood smoke in the crisp autumn air. We might even be awed by the intricacy and efficiency of the human body, as was the author of Psalm 139, who wrote, “For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (vv. 13-14).
- Psalm 29