HOW. MUCH GLORY?

Ps. 29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.
This verse has always demanded my attention. It is extremely convicting to me, how could anyone ascribe the glory ‘due’ to His name? Impossible!!! He rescued us from our pit of despair that we had dug for ourselves and delivered us from the very pit of hell and brought us into His glorious presence. How much glory should I credit to Him for that? He has kept me from destruction and blessed me beyond belief in my personal life, with my wife and children, and in my ministry. How much glory is due to Him for all of that? He has filled me again and again with the joy that comes from God Himself; how much glory should I ascribe to Him for that? Spurgeon also seemed to be overwhelmed by a continual need to worship. Here is some of what he said about worshipping the Lord.

“The Lord always deserves to be praised for what he is in himself, for his works of creation and providence, for his goodness towards his creatures, and especially for the transcendent act of redemption, and all the marvelous blessing flowing therefrom. It is always beneficial to praise the Lord; it cheers the day and brightens the night; it lightens toil and softens sorrow; and over earthly gladness it sheds a sanctifying radiance which makes it less liable to blind us with its glare. Have we not something to sing about at this moment? Can we not weave a song out of our present joys, or our past deliverances, or our future hopes? Earth yields her summer fruits: the hay is housed, the golden grain invites the sickle, and the sun tarrying long to shine upon a fruitful earth, shortens the interval of shade that we may lengthen the hours of devout worship.”
It’s not just what He has done that cries for our worship, it is God Himself. His greatness is higher than the heavens, His love stretches beyond the horizon, and His mercy is deeper than the depths of the ocean. Worship is still my only recourse. His greatness demands me to shout for joy. Let the nations see His greatness, let my praises touch the world around me. Let everything that has breath give praise to the Lord.

SEE HIM IN HIS BEAUTY !

MERRY MONDAY- Parris Bailey

Blaise Pascal said, “The serene, silent beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world, next to the might of the Spirit of God.”
Psalms 29:1 Worship The Lord in the Beauty of Holiness”

This past weekend the Boque Falaya River overflowed its banks right outside my house. I was mystified watching it change from this clear gentle 4ft deep river to 8ft and raging. Frank and I were on red alert- water surrounded our little island of property. I even opened my windows that night to hear the sound of the mighty river raging. The next night the frogs sang me to sleep. The last two days, I made it a point to sit by this river, read and try to take in THE BEAUTY OF HIS HOLINESS. That river painted a picture to me of how my life has been the past few weeks/even months. Full of distractions that rise and fall, causing my soulish nature to be caught up in self preservation and distrust. God’s holiness is reflected in His beauty and attractiveness. It is his “utterly unique divine essence”. (Piper) Piper goes onto to say, “God’s holiness is his drawing, pulling, tugging splendor. For the wicked, God’s holiness is revolting. For the awakened, the great works of regeneration and sanctification bring true spiritual delight to the holy. ”
Thomas Watson said, “After the fall, the affections were misplaced on wrong objects; in sanctification, they are turned into a sweet order and harmony, the grief placed on sin, the love on God, the joy on heaven.” The beauty of His Holiness is described as: His glorious sanctuary, holy attire, the vestments of the sanctuary, the beautiful robes of the priesthood, in other words true holiness of the soul.
The Preachers Commentary says, “He who cannot find God in His works, is likely to miss Him in His Word.” Do I wake up amazed at another day of His presence? Am I thankful just to be or am I always wanting something more than His love? I have had the privilege of being able to teach the Song of Solomon twice a week to a small group of women. The beauty of holiness is the magnificence, glory, excellency, honor of holiness. It is His splendor that we are seeking-the beauty, comeliness, excellency and glory of Him. The Israel people were commanded to worship The Lord in the beauty of holiness. (1 Chron.16:29& 2Chron.20:21)I am quite sure when we spend our time doing this, our day will certainly turn out “amazed by Him again”. Whatever is distracting you, it can wait for another moment.
Richard Baxter (Puritan) wrote that holiness is… Nothing else but the habitual and predominant devotion and dedication of soul, and body, and life, and all that we have to God; and esteeming, and loving, and serving, and seeking Him, before all the pleasures and prosperity of the flesh. Horatius Bonar wrote that holiness extends to every part of our person, fills up our being, spreads over our life, influences everything we are, or do, or think, or speak, or plan, small or great, outward or inward, negative or positive, our loving, our hating, our sorrowing, our rejoicing, our recreations, our business, our friendships, our relationships, our silence, our speech, our reading, our writing, our going out and our coming in—our whole man in every movement of spirit, soul, and body.