GOD’S AWESOME WORKS
by Wayne S. Walker
"Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men" (Psalm 66:5). Today, young people say that anything which strikes their fancy is "awesome." I do not think that I ever heard that term used when I was growing up. Instead of the word "awesome" in Psalm 66:5, the old King James Version has "terrible." I did hear that term a lot when I was young. My grandmother would describe anything bad or undesirable as being "terrible" (pronounced “turribull”). The word "terrible" means "causing terror." The word "awesome" means causing awe. We use "terror" to mean fear or dread, but 1611 it basically meant the same thing as "awe," that is, deep reverence or respect. The Psalmist says that the reason why God is awesome is because of His works which He has done toward the sons of men.
We can see the works of God in creation. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." For centuries men have been fascinated with the precise movements of the heavenly bodies such as the sun, moon, and stars. God is the one who set them in place. "God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands" (Acts 17:24). All the beautiful things that we see on this earth (right now it is spring, so the flowers are blooming and the trees are coming out in leaf) are the result of God’s creation. Also we can see the works of God in history, including how He chose the seed of Abraham, brought them into the land of Canaan, punished them for their sin, but spared a remnant through whom the Messiah came. "Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand’" (Isaiah 46:9-10).
In addition, each child of God can see the works of God in his own life. "I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread" (Psalm 37:25). While we recognize that God does not spare His people from all pain and suffering, yet all who follow the Lord can surely identify many times in their lives when they personally experienced the truthfulness of Peter’s statement, "For He cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7b). Most of all, we can see the works of God in providing redemption through Christ. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). Hence, as we contemplate all the works of God, we are constrained to agree with the Psalmist, that "He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men."