Monday, January 26, 2009

Psalm 96:9

“Worship the LORD in holy attire; Tremble before Him, all the earth.” (NASB)


“Worship (shachah: bow, bow down, obeisance, reverence, fall down, stoop, crouch, prostrate oneself) the LORD in holy (qodesh: hallowed, holiness, dedicated, consecrated, separateness, sacredness,) attire (hadarah: beauty, honor, adornment, glory); Tremble (chuwl or chiyl: dance, to twist, writhe, whirl about) before Him, all the earth.”


Bow down in reverence, laying prostrate before the LORD, in beautifully adorned holiness; Dance, twist and whirl about before Him, all the earth.


A casual read of this verse may incline one to assume that we’re supposed to put on our dress clothes and cower in fear before the LORD. Oh how wrong this assumption would be! (This is a fantastic example of why one must study the Word.) I ask you, when was the last time you physically bowed down and laid prostrate before the LORD? How recently have you whirled about and danced because your love for Him is overflowing and uncontainable? My friends, we’ve hardly even begun to worship the Father! The Word says to bring a sacrifice of praise! Sacrifices cost you something – in this case perhaps your pride or complacency. Today, worship the LORD as He desires you to! May all the earth know that we are His children!


Anonymous said...

Point,I caught while reading this. I can come before Him in this way as I am in Christ. God would not say come like this if I can't. Oh I love how God encourages us to worship.

Brian said...

I can hear the sermon now. "How you should wear your best clothes at church..."
It drives me nuts when people don't study the verse, but imply their own preferences. That verse is a beautiful picture of true worship.
keep up the great job.