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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Beautiful worship

In the context of the holiness of the Lord, God provides a special glory to those who worship Him.

1 Chronicles 16:29 tells us, "Worship the Lord in the Splendor (In the king James Version, the "beauty of holiness") of his holiness."

Here's a great question:  How can  you ever be "beautiful enough to worship God?

Here's what I know:  The Bible is speaking of a beauty that flows out of worship.

Worship is intended to create something beautiful in our lives.

Don't forget this:  God doesn't need our worship - We need to worship Him!

Go to Isaiah 6 with me.

The Bible tells us here that Isaiah has a vision:

"In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple."

Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying."

And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.”

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.

With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!"

This is the heart of worship.  Even though we are incomplete, unworthy and inadequate, we are able to come into the presence of the most holy God.

And as we worship Him, He comes and touches us with His life and power - and makes something beautiful out of our lives.

By his touch, he purges us and prepares us for the next stage in our walk with Him.

Please know that his holiness is not revealed to us to intimidate us.

He doesn't say, "Look how holy I am!  Now I will humiliate you."

He says, "Come into the presence of my holiness, and there you will discover your need.  But fear not:  My holiness is designed to answer your need."

In the beauty of worship, we come and see His awesome holiness.  

Do you long to be holy?  To you long to experience the beauty of his worship?

Just some thoughts for a Thursday.

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