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Thursday, September 5, 2013

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Often we are called to give to the Lord our time, our efforts, our devotion or even our lives, but in this Psalm David is encouraging us to worship God and give Him glory! We are called, beckoned to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

"The beauty of holiness"-- what is holiness? Holiness means more than worshipping in solemnity and awe. The word holiness carries multiple meanings but for David it carries the meaning of someone that has been cleansed, someone pure of sin's dreadful stain. His call is for the "mighty ones," those who have overcome, those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, who have had their robes washed in the cleansing blood of the Lamb and are now walking in the spirit of holiness—having set themselves apart for the Lord.

When we are experiencing the beauty of our cleansed lives, we can certainly express our gratitude and thanks to the Lord—and we should—particularly through the use of our voice. David is aware of the creative and powerful wonders created and changed by the voice of the Lord, and he describes them for us to keep in mind as we consider the use of our voice in praising God and bringing glory to Him.

The voice of the Lord was not withheld from the earth after creation. It was not withheld from shaping, molding, and influencing things we see each day.  It was not withheld from you in your moment of despair as God gave you peace, joy and hope; don't withhold your voice of praise and gratitude from Him.

Praise the Lord; praise Him joyfully for you are His! He has redeemed you, He cares for you. It is time for us to share this good news of what God has done for us and do so aloud; so that those in darkness may have hope.

Oh, let us worship the Lord recognizing that He has saved us and we cannot save ourselves! Our prayer today is that we recognize that we “are” saved, and to give glory to God by sharing the good news with others.  Amen.

 

Richard McNeil
Theology Graduate of Southern Adventist University
Seminary Student at Andrews University
Sponsored by Georgia-Cumberland Conference