Monday, January 9, 2012
Worship: Psalm 29:2
“Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:2 NKJV).
I think this verse is beautiful. Give to God the glory that is due Him, and let your worship be “clothed” in holiness. Worship Him from a holy heart, and worship Him for the holiness that resides in His soul.
When I picture the “beauty of holiness,” I think of something majestic and beautiful, like towering mountains high above crystal waters, or the striking orange and red flame of a fire, or a purple sunset. God’s holiness, however, is not something visible to our physical eyes, but we can distinguish the features of His holiness with the eyes of our mind. Can you see it? Perfect love, constant faithfulness, enduring peace, and formidable strength. Isaiah caught a vision of the Lord’s holiness, and his immediate reaction was, “Woe is me!” (Isaiah 6:5 NKJV). He understood the darkness of his sin and his people’s sin compared to the brilliant white light of God’s purity and majesty. But God cleansed him, so he could be a proper ambassador of God and His message.
When we think of God’s holiness, we may become aware of our own shortcomings. But because of Jesus’ blood which was shed for us, we can have boldness to enter God’s presence and draw close to Him (Hebrews 10:19-22). We can praise God from sincere hearts, focusing on who He is and pointing others to Him. A heart that lives every day in the knowledge and appreciation of God’s character and works must be a delight to His soul. That same heart, focused on God and His holiness, can become like Him, pure and good. We can worship God and live all of life in the beauty of His likeness.
Other verses on worship: Psalm 100:4; Psalm 95:6; Psalm 47:7; Psalm 107:21; Psalm 103:1-5