• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Getting Ready For - Part 6

A Meditation on Psalm 96

“Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.” Psalm 96:9

There is a beauty that surrounds the life of the one who lives in holiness. But does living in holiness mean living as though there Is a halo around your head and all your thoughts and actions are ethereal, mystical or otherworldly; that live in a perpetual glow with your eyes ever looking upward and slightly to the right?

No! Holiness is not at all about an outward show to the world that we are super spiritual. It is about an inner witness and awareness that as God is Holy we are holy because we belong to Him. All things that pertain to God are Holy just by virtue of their relationship to Him, to His purpose and His divine intent.

To be holy means to be set apart for a Godly purpose.

Through Jesus Christ we are born again to eternal life and made Holy by virtue of our redemption through His blood. Having been redeemed from death, hell and the grave we now belong to God. He purchased our souls with Jesus’ blood. So, because we are His possessions, our worship of Him ought to be with an acknowledgement of our holiness as His set apart vessels for His glory. But how do we manifest the holiness that we are in Him? Second Timothy 2 offers us the answer.

“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:0-22

We make ourselves available for God’s holy purpose by two fundamental things, 1) fleeing youthful lusts (the passions of the flesh that drive us to the baser instincts of our humanity and linger in our lives in memory and vain imaginations long after our youth has passed) but 2) following righteousness, faith, charity (love) and peace with those in the body of Christ who call on, pray to and seek God’s will with a pure unalloyed motivation out of a pure heart.

Both actions are taken by choice, the choice to flee and to follow. Flowing righteousness is a deliberate determined act of our will. It’s often done against the opposition to be tempted to abandon it for the lusts of the flesh. But when we choose to follow righteousness with others who seek God in like manner there is a beauty of holiness in our worship.

The world should recognize and acknowledge by its submission to Him that God is to be feared and to be obeyed. To do otherwise is foolishness indeed and ultimately leads to death. To tremble before Him is to know that He is God and God alone. There is no other. In His hands alone are life and death, creation and destruction, condemnation and blessing. Man has no power greater than Him. Though He may boast in his bombs and doomsday weaponry enough allegedly to destroy the earth, his boast is empty and vacuous before Almighty God.

But in our worship of Him in the beauty of holiness we tremble not out of fear of death but out of amazement for the enormity of His person and presence, His glory, majesty, dominion and power, His strength, glory, honor and blessing. We tremble at the appearance of His dazzling brightness and we are speechless at the revelation of His beauty.

So we worship Him in humility and gratitude for His mercy and great love for us.

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