Sunday, April 29, 2012

Beauty of Holiness

 6Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
 7Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
 8Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
 9O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. 

Beauty of Holiness

Psalm 96 takes us into the very throne room of God. Gone is our pride and envy, gone is our self-ambition and arrogance, and gone is our complaining and discontent. For here, in the very presence of God Himself is strength, glory, and majesty; here in the presence of God is the beauty of holiness!

Nothing has been tainted by the stench of sin. Here the angels sing the music of the starry heavens, in chords resplendent with songs too beautiful to be heard on earth. Here all creatures bow down before their great and awesome God crying, "Glory, glory, glory. Glory to Him Who is, Who was, and Who is to come."

His radiance fills the heavens; from the brightness of His glory, all shadows flee away. When He speaks, all hush to hear the sound of His magnificent voice; from Him is all wisdom and knowledge and understanding. Before Him, none can speak a word.

All fall before His face and praise His glorious name, offering Him their complete love and servitude. All shout with joy giving glory to His Holy Name. 

This is the God we serve; rightly the psalmist says, "Fear before Him, all the earth." For who can stand before Him? Who can stay His hand? Who can resist His will? Even the winds and the waves do His bidding. 

What have we done? How have we slid so far away from God that He is mocked and scorned right in our presence and yet we take no offense? His name is rebuked and slandered and we remain silent. Does God not see? Does He no longer hear what is said among the ungrateful residents of this earth? Does He not care?

As children of God, let us rise up and place God on the thrones of our hearts. Let us determine to spend every waking moment living in obedience to His Word. Let us shake off the temptations and pleasures of this world and let us immerse ourselves in the study of His commands, crying out for the grace to live in a manner that is pleasing to Him. 

In so doing, may we rekindle our awareness of the strength and beauty of His majesty so that our hearts may burn with praise to Him. Yes, let us worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, and fear before Him.

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him all creatures here below.
Praise Him above ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

God Bless You,

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