Ignite the Awe

Ignite the Awe

November 19

Read: PSALM 90:1-8, 12

Today’s psalm is designed to awaken our sensibilities to the majesty and grandeur of God. Maybe like me, you spend most of your days consumed by your schedule and to-do list, placing significant emphasis on things that quickly fade. I’m not saying those things don’t matter; after all, there might be consequences if you don’t do them! But the psalmist reminds us that we are like a dream in the night, like grass that flourishes in the morning and by evening has withered and faded. In comparison, God is from everlasting to everlasting, our dwelling place in every generation, from before the earth was even formed.

This is a good reminder for us to not be consumed by activities that we have convinced ourselves are the most important. Instead, let us set our attention on God’s majesty, that God might teach us to count our days so we may gain wise hearts.

God, kindle our awareness of your majesty, that we may not be consumed by our daily schedules. AMEN.

About the Author

Nathan Salinas || I serve as co-lead pastor of Sunset Covenant Church in Portland, Oregon, where I do a bit of everything. I am married to Erin, who works as a gynecologic oncologist, and we have a three-year-old daughter, Miah, and at the time of this writing we are expecting a baby boy in September. I completed a year of seminary at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary before completing my master of divinity degree at North Park Theological Seminary. I am interested in how our theology informs our everyday living and our understanding of how the world should function. Outside of church, I serve as an adviser to the Multnomah County Sheriff, advocating for the increase of community release programs, substance recovery programs while incarcerated, and reentry services. I like to go biking, boat on the Willamette River, visit the park with my daughter, and eat out in the vibrant Portland food scene.

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