Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Word Filled Wednesday – The Beauty of Holiness

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Give to the LORD the glory due His name;
      Bring an offering, and come before Him.
      Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! I Chronicles 16:29
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This is one of those verses that seem to easily flow from the heart.  It almost makes is sound so easy, giving to the Lord the glory due His name and worshipping Him in the beauty of holiness.  He is worthy of all glory and what a glorious feeling to worship Him in the beauty of holiness. 
But what about the “bring an offering part"?  As Christians in our day and time, we no longer are bound to bring an offering for our sin since Jesus Himself has redeemed us.  What is it that we can offer to Him?
When we set the day aside to worship Him, often times there are many distractions that may crop up.  The day is Sunday, sometimes it is our only day off.  Opportunities abound for relaxation and fun.  Making the choice to put God first and go to His house is a great beginning to choose to worship Him.  When we get to church, between getting the children settled, greeting people and any church ministries we are a part of, we can again get easily distracted. Sometimes, we may be sitting still in the church service, but our minds are running full speed thinking on what to cook for lunch, what plans we have for the week, or a host of other things that may crop up. 
Our greatest offering to Him, is our self.  The purposeful choice to clear our mind and focus on Him. A heart tuned in to hear His Word and a willing spirit to yield to His calling.  As we come before Him empty of ourselves, He will fill us with what we need to continue through each task and each day.  As we reflect on His goodness, our hearts are stirred to thankfulness and as we acknowledge that He alone can meet our every need, true worship blossoms.  As we worship Him, the beauty of holiness captivates and fills our hearts.
Will you purpose this week to bring an offering and come to Him?

16 comments:

  1. Joyce,

    What a beautiful passage and I enjoyed your thoughts to go with it.

    Thanks so much for joining us today at WFW♥

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  2. What a beautiful post Joyce. It's funny...this is just what I needed to hear today :)

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  3. Wonderful words to remember here...

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  4. Amen! Praise the Lord! It is so easy to be distracted by the daily burdens of life but making time to spend with our Lord is most important. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. This is the third time this week, that I've been stretched to give of myself! I think the Lord is trying to get my attention!!

    Thanks for sharing, Joyce!

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  6. Beautiful scripture. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. This goes along so well with the things I've been thinking this week. What do I offer my God and what do I offer my children? Instead of the best of myself, I often find that I'm serving leftovers. I need to keep these thoughts ever before me. Thank you.

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  8. Such a beautiful post and a lovely passage of scripture to go with it. Thank you for sharing such truths from your heart.

    blessings,
    vickie

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  9. Each morning in the shower I say, "use me Lord," it is my offering...

    You blessed me with this one today!
    Peace,
    lori

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  10. Joyce, This is a beautiful post. I really like your scripture and reflection on it. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Thank you for sharing this. I can relate so much to what you said.

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  12. Excellent reminder - sometimes we cloud it up a bit and complicate things, huh? It really is that simple - He just wants us.

    Thank you, Joyce!

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  13. Excellent devotional. Loved your comments about Sunday, and drawing closer to Him in general.

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  14. I thought of this verse after being inspired by your beautiful thoughts -

    Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

    Thank you.

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Thank you for sharing your commment. It is a joy and blessing to hear from you and your words are appreciated.