Phillip and Jaci

The life and times of Phillip and Jaclyn Jackson

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Phillip and Jaclyn Jackson are musicians in West Palm Beach. They are Christian artists with a passion for music, life and the rhythms that interconnect both.

I’ve often heard the phrase “worship the lord in the beauty of His holiness” used – and I can admit that, regretfully, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes every time some dear soul professed the words loud and proud.  I can’t say that I feel alone in that – why does it feel like phrases such as this one are so often used demonstratively as a means of showing off one’s biblical vocabulary?

I mean, to me, that’s just as bad as using filler words in prayer – as if God has forgotten who you are talking to. “Father”,”Lord”,”Lord-God”… I’ve heard all of these uttered as filler between the important stuff.

I bring this up because I think it’s so sad that as Christians we forget what we’re saying and the incredibly profound meaning behind our words. Let’s take “worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness” as an example. It comes from Psalm 29:

1Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength.

 2Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

In this passage the author is speaking to us, the readers, and admonishing that we should give the Lord all glory and all strength; give him glory because it is due to Him. What amazing words!  Every month when I pay the bills, most of the ones I have to pay is to pay for a month of service that I have already received. The bill is due because the services have already been rendered – what an amazing thought; give God glory because it is due to Him.  And not just because of the things He has done… oh no. But also for all the things He will do in the future, too! And He just doesn’t deserve glory and strength because of His mighty works… we owe it to Him merely because of who He is. He is GOD.

In the very same passage that Jesus gives us the Lord’s Prayer, He instructed His disciples to pray in Matthew 16, saying: 

7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

We must be aware to make every word count. Make every thought and every word intentional and full of meaning. Make sure you understand what it is you’re asking for and what it is you’re petitioning God about. It is our duty as worshippers of the Living God that we become informed and doctrinally learned in order to profess the Word boldly.

As careful as we are not to use lofty words of men’s wisdom, we must take care not to oversimplify and mitigate our speech. Mitigated speech is most often seen when subordinates speek  to their superiors (e.g. in the workplace) in order to suggest an alternate course of action or to heighten awareness. Culturally, mitigated speech is accepted as a sign of respect. However, in the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus doesn’t mitigate speech at all. He speeks directly to the Father.  In the Garden of Gethsemene we see Jesus ask:

Luke 22:42
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

How can Jesus so boldly ask GOD to change His mind about a situation? Surely if Jesus prayed in this way we should take notes. Jesus didn’t say “Oh Lord God, our God, dear God. If you would mind, dear God; if it is your will, oh God; if you should so desire, Father… please let this cup pass, oh Father-Lord.”  How can we be so bold as to pray this way? Paul gives us a hint in Ephesians 2:

6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus

Finally, “worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness.”  To the psalmist, God’s sinless nature is, itself, beautiful. He has no sin and no iniquity; He has no shame. He faces no death and no consequence for wrongdoing. He IS righteousness. He embodies holiness. And that makes Him beautiful.

The next time you hear someone utter these words off-handedly; remind yourself that God, completely absent of sin, became man; to show that sin and death have no power.

     To show us that the grave is defeated.

     To demonstrate His holiness

     … and to show us His beauty. 

3 Responses to “Worship the Lord in the Beauty”

  1. Happy Easter! Wait…is it incorrect to wish someone a Happy Easter right before Good Friday? Must refer to Emily Post. Happy Easter? No, Happy Easter!!!:-D

    Sara Gehrke

  2. This was really good. I loved the part about how we use “Father”,”Lord”,”Lord-God” as fillers. That is so true. I know I’ve been guilty of it!

    Staci

  3. This was truly awesome. I think we all have been guilty of this. So to hear you break it down to this extent is great and takes me back to where I need to be. Thanks Phillip.

    Sheilla

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