Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;

bring an offering and come before him!

Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;

tremble before him, all the earth;

yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.

1 Chronicles 16: 29, 30

 

Praise for God is not universal. Many people do not accept Him as true ruler of this world, and many more do not believe that God exists. Even among those who accept the existence of a god, their understanding of who he is and of how he operates varies greatly. So, King David’s words here will not hold the same meaning for everyone. I can only speak about the way that they impact me. I believe in God. He is Lord of all that exists in both tangible and spiritual realms. God is the Creator of all, and He is the one who designed every molecule of my being. God has been actively involved with and in this world from before its beginning, and God; in all three of His persons, Father, Son, and Spirit; works continually to bring every aspect of His Creation back into relationship with Him.

 

The glory that is due to God is beyond the capacity of my words to express. He holds this world together when humanity seems to be committed and determined to rip it to pieces. The Lord refuses to give up on His people. He gave us Himself in the person of Jesus to be the perfect and final sacrifice who restores anyone who accepts Him to an unending relationship with God. This is a gift that is based in love and that is also greater than I can imagine. The life that Christ grants to people is perhaps the grandest expression of David’s “splendor of holiness”. For, as we are in Christ, we are made holy, set apart from the death and the corruption of this world, and we enter into the glory of God’s kingdom of love, grace, and peace.

 

It is in the absolute reign of God over this earth that we find hope. The hope for people who follow Christ is found both in this life and beyond. We know with a certainty that comes through faith that we are moving toward an eternity in the literal presence of God; so, we are a mere handful of breaths away from an existence that is defined by the Father’s total and absolute love. Yet, as we live and draw in the painful air of this world, Christ brings the peace of His presence to us. We are never alone, and we are continually cared for by His Spirit. As the Holy Spirit guides and counsels God’s people to place our feet on the foundational truth of His Word, we are granted access to the wisdom that forms and establishes God’s true intent for the way that life should be lived. It is this life of righteous obedience and trust that God desires as our offering of worship and praise.