“Give to the LORD the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his presence. Worship the LORD in all his holy splendor.” 1 Chronicles 16:29 (NLT)
Throughout the Bible, we read of many holy moments. Moments when eternity entered time.
“True religion confronts earth with heaven and brings eternity to bear upon time.” A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy.
Holy moments have changed the direction of my life. How about for you?
Sometimes the moments are spectacular in the eyes of the world, like the ones in Abraham’s life. Yet, the seemingly small holy moments build upon each other and cause us to give God glory.
As we give God glory, we give Him an offering of praise, draw closer to His presence, and we fall down and worship Him in holy splendor.
3 Steps to Worshipping in Holy Splendor
Let’s meditate upon some of Abraham’s encounters in light of 1 Chronicles 16:29.
- Giving Glory. God’s promises to His people cause them to give glory to Him.
- The promise of his descendants becoming a great nation and blessing the world, Genesis 12.
- The promise of land as far as Abraham could see, Genesis 13:14.
- The promise of a son through Sarah, Genesis 15:4; Genesis 18:10.
- The covenant that Abraham would be the father of a multitude of nations, Genesis 17:4.
- Offering of praise. When we recognize God working in our lives, awestruck, we praise Him in song, in proclaiming, in leaping, in dancing, in praying, and many other forms of praise. Abraham’s servant praises when God presents Rebekah to him as Isaac’s future bride, Genesis 24:27.
- Entering His Presence. In God’s presence, the darkness of our circumstances flees; for God is light, and in Him is no darkness. Abraham prepared the animals and waited upon God. It grew dark. Abraham watched God seal His covenant with the smoking firepot and flaming torch, Genesis 15:16. The light of God’s presence seals us in Him.
Give Glory + Offering of Praise + Enter His Presence > Worship in Holy Splendor
Worshipping in Holy Splendor
In offering all that he had, even Isaac, the son of promise, Abraham journeyed to worship God. Walking with Isaac for three days to the mountain … three days thinking that the knife he carried would pierce his beloved son … three days believing that his son would die, but God would raise him from the dead, Genesis 22:5, Hebrews 11:19.
Imagine Abraham’s worship when God stopped the sacrifice of Isaac and provided the ram as the burnt offering.
As we give God glory, offer Him praise, sit in His presence, and worship Him with all that we have, He blesses us with holy moments of communion with Him. The communion and blessing of Melchizedek, king of Salem (peace) and priest of the Most High God, Genesis 14:18.
The communion and blessing of Jesus, our Peace, our High Priest and Savior.
Holy Moments Prompt Holy Worship
Have you been surprised by holy moments? Perhaps they were not as dazzling as those that we have pondered in this post, but like those holy moments Abraham experienced, they changed our lives for the better. And they made a difference in the lives of others.
Surprised by a chance meeting with someone who needed encouragement and the Holy Spirit gave you the words to say? A Divine Appointment. A holy moment.
A vivid double rainbow of green, blue, yellow, and red after a torrential thunderstorm prompts you to thank God for His promise not to destroy the world by flood again. A holy moment.
A golden full moon with myriads of stars, and you raise your hands to the heavens and praise God for His artistry. A holy moment.
A fragrant pink and yellow rose. Touch the petal and thank God. A holy moment.
Peace in the middle of danger. A holy moment.
Holy Moment Challenge
Each day in the month of March, let’s pause and meditate on the holy – God’s holiness and what it means that we are to be holy.
Write what the Holy Spirit reveals to you and post your holy moments in the comments section.
Let’s become a community that delights in our holy moments and those of others.
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