Awesome God By Rich Mullins Analysis

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Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him!
But the thunder of his power who can understand?” (Job 26:14 NIV)

"Our God is an Awesome God, He reigns from heaven above. With wisdom, power and love, our God is an awesome God." This chorus, from the song "Awesome God" by Rich Mullins,. is probably one of the most recognizable of Contempaory choruses. For many it is the first contemporary piece they remember singing in chruch. It was a staple of every youth retreat. And you alwys had that one girl who insited on doing the sign langauge to the song. It was an amazing youth group phenomena. Evryone of them had at least one young girl who would sign every chorus you would sing.

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But wherever you sit, it was this little chorus, "Awesome God" from Rich Mullins that began to form the bridge. It 's easy to see why. It 's catchy, easliy singable. And it tells us that God is well, just Awesome. He 's good, nice, Awseome. Who wouldn 't want to sing about Him?

What I hadn 't thought about, until this last week, was how ready we are to drop the song and only sing the chorus. I read an article about the author, Rich Mullins, this past week that made the point that we treated him much like the song. We wanted to grab the nice, easy to understand pieces of him and not look at the diffficult complicted places of his life. Oh how easily we trade the parts of someone we want to idolize and not look at the humanity of our heros.

So I went back and listend to the song. If you can stand one more song. please listen to this

You can see why we garsp the chorus rather than the song. The song is dificult. There are a lot of complicted sentences that you have to sing through fairly quickly. But I think that was Rich 's point. God Himself is complicated, not easily grasped, impossible to contain. He is a God to has "thunder in HIs footsteps and lightening in His Fists" (My favorite line). He is God who holds both mercy and judgemnt

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