That was totally awesome!!!

Holy hotcakes, Batman!

Righteous, Dude!


We’ve heard them.  Truth is, we have said them.  They are words that belong to God, but are used for the oomph effect.  What better way to punctuate how great something is than to use a word that describes God, Himself?

When my young son comes to me with an A on his test, what do I say?  “You did an awesome job!  Way to go!”

When something requires a big WOW?  “Holy buckets!”  I tell myself that I’m really saying, “wholey buckets,” but of course I know there is absolutely no difference in the way they sound to anyone listening.

Righteous?  Well, I don’t actually ever say that one.  There just isn’t enough surfer dude in me for that.  For that matter, there isn’t any!  But I’ve heard it said.

Here’s the thing, though.  The Bible tells us, “Righteous are You, O Lord, and upright are Your judgments” (NKJV)*.  The only way we become righteous is through the righteousness of Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21).  An exciting ride on the surf board may be just that, exciting, but it is not righteous.

“Holy, holy, holy is ADONAI, the Lord of heaven’s armies, the One who was, and is, and who is coming,” Revelations 4:8 (CJB)*. Only God is holy.  No cats, cows, or buckets…and certainly not excrement!

Deuteronomy 7:21 (NKJV)* – “You shall not be terrified of them; for the Lord your God, the great and awesome God, is among you.”  Did my son do well on his test?  Absolutely!  Was it truly awesome?  Not even close.  Not when compared to Who is truly awesome.

When we use a word to express praise over and over, it starts to lose it’s power.  Perhaps we use them too often without true merit.  And perhaps that is how we have gone from good to great, to awesome.  In so doing, though, the words that describe God have lost their effect.  Equating a cat to the holiness of God, or a successfully played little league game to His awesomeness elevates something that doesn’t deserve it.  While at the same time, it trivializes the One who does.

I can’t be holy or righteous without the veil of Jesus Christ, and I simply can never be awesome.  Nor can anything else in this world.  It is time to put God back in His rightful place. When I use words that are meant only for Him to see who He is, I will see more clearly who I am, and bow reverently before the One who is: holy; righteous; awesome.

*NKJV (New King James Version)

*CJB (Complete Jewish Bible)