I STAND IN AWE OF YOU                                                              written in 1987

The Story

When he was in his teens and early 20s, Mark Altrogge thought of making roll-and-roll music as a career. If the Beatles could do it, why couldn’t he? But when, at the age of 24, Mark became a Christian, he realized he would have to surrender himself totally to Jesus Christ. Now, his attention was focused, not on the Beatles, but on the holiness of God. He was reading books like The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer, and The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul.

God is infinite, and Mark says, “We will never come to an end of learning new things about God.” Thinking about the greatness of God, Mark sat down with his guitar and tried to put some of his thoughts into music. Gradually this song was born. He says this song was born out of the emotional impact the doctrine of God’s holiness had on him.

Mark has been a pastor since 1982. He has written hundreds of songs for worship, including this one.

This may be one of my favorite worship songs.

The Song

            Read this praise song, and – today – stand… in awe… of God.

You are beautiful beyond description,
too marvelous for words;
too wonderful for comprehension,

like nothing ever seen or heard.

Who can grasp Your infinite wisdom?
Who can fathom the depth of Your love?
You are beautiful beyond description,
Majesty enthroned above.

And I stand, I stand in awe of You!
I stand, I stand in awe of You!
Holy God, to whom all praise is due,
I stand in awe of You!

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