2 Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Psalm 29:2


True worship is giving God the glory He deserves.

In Psalm 29 David invites us to worship God by revealing to us who God is, what He has done and will do in our lives. When you have experienced the greatness of God, you don’t need any other reason for worship Him. You will search for every possible moment to worship Him. This is because the experience of worship opens you to the reality of being loved by God and the opportunity of loving God in return. In doing so worship actually changes the way you live and view life.

What does David mean when he tells us to worship God in the beauty of His holiness?

Often people, even believers, carry a distorted idea of holiness. They assume it is a strict religious lifestyle, and it doesn’t help when fellow preachers preach it in a way that makes a holy living something unenjoyable.

Like David we are to regard holiness as something beautiful as opposed to the ugliness of sin. The Hebrew word for “beauty” is hadarah which means “honour, majesty, glory”. (Strong’s H1927). It appears only five times in the Bible. Hadarah is about valuing the intrinsic quality of someone or something and in our context, it is about beholding the majestic splendour of God’s holy nature.

In Hebrew, “holiness” is qodesh which means “set apart, dedicated and consecrated” (Strong’s H6944). Holiness is an inherent quality of God, but not found in our nature. Yet because of God’s great love towards us, He made us holy no matter how bad of a sinner we were. By doing so God supernaturally sets us apart in Christ to live differently than we how we have ever lived before.

True holiness celebrates our freedom from sin and from every fear of personal condemnation. When we are fully persuaded that God’s love fuels our holiness, our holy lives mirrors and reflects God’s love for us.

Let us continue to worship God for we are both recognising and revealing the beauty of His holiness in our lives.

© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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