“Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”

Worship and holiness were two parts of the Christian life that used to scare me when I was younger. I avoided them as much as I could because I knew that it was impossible for me to be holy, I didn’t know how to worship God and I didn’t know what to do about it.

Only lately, as I have studied God’s Word and learned about holiness, have I discovered that God has taken care of my holiness just as much as He has taken care of my salvation.

What is holiness anyway? Until we understand what it is, it seems like an impossibly high standard to achieve. It isn’t as spooky as we think it is. To be holy means to be set apart from sin to God. The wonderful thing I have learned is that Jesus took care of my holiness at the cross.

“By one sacrifice He (Jesus) has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Heb. 10:14.

He dealt with my sin and made me a new person, clean and holy, when He died for me. As long as I keep responding to His work of purifying my heart from sin and drawing me into fellowship with Himself, He is doing in me what He completed at the cross.

What about worship? Worship is also not as difficult as I thought it was. In fact, Paul gives us a very simple instruction about worship. Worship is much more than coming to church on Sundays and singing worship songs to God. Worship is about doing everything, even the ordinary things like eating and drinking, to God and for Him.

“So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31).

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Col. 3:17).

I have discovered that, if my heart is pure, unmixed with unclean thoughts or actions and not full of idols – things I care about more than God, – I can worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness at any time and anywhere. I can even worship Him when I am doing the things I dislike the most!

I think that’s the test. If I can show my love for God by being thankful and loving Him in my worst moments, perhaps that kind of worship is beautiful to God because it shows that my love for Him is bigger than my circumstances.



Luella Campbell

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