Sunday, June 12, 2016

In the Beauty of Holiness

Adoration, Holiness, Stillness, Awe....characteristics of worship.  How do we as Christians worship God? What exactly is worship and what does it look like?  A recent sermon touched on the thought ..."Those who know God best, worship Him the most." To worship God, we must know Him.  We know Him as we read His Word and discover His greatness.

I've always loved the verse...
"Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength.
 Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." Psalms 29:1-3

The last phrase "the beauty of holiness" is a thought I've always loved, but again, what does that look like?  I found out one morning this week!

My usual morning routine is that my husband wakes up an hour before me. He comes in to kiss my goodbye and then I get up.  This is usually around 5:30 AM.  The clock is on the opposite side of the bed, so one morning this week, I got up and out of bed before I saw the clock which was about 30 minutes earlier than I thought!  I decided to use that extra time to go ahead and get up. Coffee cup in hand, Bible and devotion book nearby and an extra few moments were about to break the dawn.  In the stillness of the moment, right before my prayers began, it hit me that the I was about to address the God of all Creation, the Great I AM, in prayer. Everything was quiet and still...and beautiful.  Pondering on how great God is and telling Him brought out His holiness and was truly a thing of beauty....the beauty of holiness..

We can truly worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness anytime.  Circumstances don't have to exactly line up perfectly.  It is a moment in the heart that acknowledges God alone and how worshiping Him is a beautiful thing. Be encouraged to stop, look around and ponder the wonder of our God.  It is easy to bask in this beauty on a mountaintop, or standing beside the vast ocean shore, but in our living room, or our car, that breathtaking moment can shine through. That moment we realize God loves us and loves to meet with us.  

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