Worship is the adoration of God. We can worship God with both Awe and Joy.
We express awe because God is so great. The Lord is the unchanging, uncaused, ungoverned God who created everything that exists. We are to “Know that [this] Lord is God.” He made us and we belong to him and we are his people!
“Adoration implies the upward and outward look of humble and joyful admiration” of God. —Evelyn Underhill, The Soul’s Delight, from A Guide To Prayer For All who Walk With God
We can also express joy in our worship. “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Joy is our response to such a wonderful God.
The Psalm encourages us to have unlimited confidence, awe, and joy in the Lord. When we belong to the God who is good, loving, and faithful we have much to celebrate. We too can “Shout for joy to the Lord,…” and “Worship the Lord in gladness;…”
I encourage you to express your adoration to God this day. Worship in awe and joy to the Lord before the sun sets today.