Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;
Tremble before him, all the earth!
Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!
Yes, the Lord is established; it shall never be moved;
He will judge the peoples with equity.
After singing and ascribing comes worship. I wonder why?
At least for me, it’s an outcome of getting touch with emotions and my heart. The beauty of the words in the songs connects with the expression of my heart as I read the words or remember the words I have written myself to God.
I remember a time when I was far from God. I didn’t want to go to church. I wasn’t sure if everything I had believed was just a nice story from my parents.
I did go to church with a boyfriend. It was a very different style of church than I was used to. They sang different songs and believed different things than what I had grown up with.
As I went through the motions of reading the words, sometimes singing, sometimes not because I refused to sing what I didn’t believe, it did something to my heart. Slowly, I softened. I acted or sang what I could believe. I didn’t get caught up in what I didn’t believe. And as I believed, God blew life on those embers of faith until slowly, so very slowly, they became a fire.
As you read this, you may not be able to worship God in the glowing terms of this Psalm. You may not tremble because you don’t believe. But what do you believe? Do you ascribe anything to him?
Take what you have, what he has given to you, and return it in worship. Because if there is holiness, if there is righteousness, if there is equity, it is the definition of who God is.
How do you feel about worshiping God? I’d love to hear in the comments.