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Monday
Jun132016

Worship the Lord In the Beauty of Holiness

 

Let us never forget, Worship is a time to express praise, adoration and homage to the Holy One who is above all else. It is easy to allow mundane, earthly and trivial thoughts to crowd out thoughts revolving around God. 
I’m reminded of the little boy who asked his father what was the highest number he had ever counted. The dad replied that he couldn't remember, so the father asked the son about his highest number. "973!" the boy quickly responded.
"Well, why did you stop at 973?" asked the father.
"Because church was over."
Do we sometimes find ourselves drifting from Holiness to the profane? How do we discipline our minds and hearts to keep the attitude of the psalmist:
“For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.  Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts!  Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!” (Psalms 96:4–9 ).
It definitely takes discipline, training and desire. Peter told us in a straight forward way...
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.” (2 Peter 1:4-9 )
Everything we need to worship God is given to us by God’s power. We must learn who God is, what He has done and why He is so deserving of our every thought while we worship. Without knowing God we can never truly appreciate Him. 
We are called to become like Him, that is to love as He loves and despise what He does. James put it this way:
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8)
The more we fill our minds with godliness the more clean our minds and hearts become. Over time we will be able to spend much time in worship with out worldly thoughts entering our minds. 
If our lives and hearts are out of control it will be impossible to be Holy in word and thought. Let us bring “every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). 
The more we work at anything the more proficient we will become. Including worshipping in holiness. Work at it in your personal worship and your corporate worship will take on that same depth of skill. 
“Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” (Psalms 34:3)
“But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!”” (Psalms 40:16)
Your efforts will pay off and it will encourage others to have what you have found!
Joe Chase

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