“Be in awe before his majesty.
Be in awe before such power and might!
Come worship wonderful Yahweh, arrayed in all his splendour,
bowing in worship as he appears in all his holy beauty.
Give him the honor due his name.
Worship him wearing the glory-garments
of your holy, priestly calling!”
Psalm 29:2, Passion
Don’t let familiarity rob you of what’s possible. God’s glory is far greater and more awe-inspiring than most of us have ever experienced, me most of all. Through my years I recall numerous times when his presence has literally overwhelmed me. I have crawled from a building heavy under his glory, been laid flat by his presence more than once. I have lost track of time and been swept up into endless moments of eternal perspective. I have prayed and discovered a world beyond our own. Angels have visited, visions been revealed, prayers answered and heavens opened.
Each moment of revelation just a meager glimpse of what’s possible. God is so far beyond our limited experience even the angels, who live in his immediate presence, never cease to exclaim with unceasing wonder, “Holy, holy, holy!” – every revolution opens their eyes to another aspect of His holiness. Papa, Son and Holy Ghost are an infinite well of wonder. Worship is the response of the heart to his Person on display.
Like Moses and his hunger to meet the Living God, we see only a portion of the fullness.
“And Moses said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.” (Exodus 33:18–23 KJV)
When God takes his hand away, removes the veil between realms and reveals his glory, the reality is unforgettable and life transforming. What can we do but to bow down and give you honor? The Hebrew word kavod (glory) means weight or heaviness – the gravity of His presence pulling our hearts to worship in spirit and truth.
Jesus opened a new and living way. Access to depths never before plumbed. Invitation to intimacy hitherto impossible. In Jesus’ face we see the face of the Father – no longer veiled. The mystery revealed.
God is love.
Worship his majesty, for He is King of all Creation.
Worship his holiness, for He is entirely Other-than.
Our God is like no other. He clothes you with garments fitting for His presence.
When we wear our redemption with humble acceptance, the door is opened to stride confidently into His courts, lifting holy hands, humbled by his grace. In this place we are privileged to behold beauty not of this world. In this light, just as John Wesley wrote, “the things of earth grow strangely dim.”
“Papa, I know that my experience is so very limited. That your glory and grace is so much deeper than the surface I have scratched. But even the small I have seen has ravished my heart. My inner man cries for more of You, because all this world can offer is puny in comparison to your purity. Holy, holy, holy the cherubim cry – I read it in the Book – but I too want my heart to be caught in your gravity. The heavy blanket of your glory tugging me toward like a planet to the sun. Your blazing beauty the light of my life, your majesty filing my vision!”
“Child of mine, worship feeds the inner man like no other thing. It transports the heart to its true home. In my presence, caught in my orbit, your life takes form, and the pathways I have ordained become clear and precise. My utmost desire is to show my glory to my children, to open their eyes to a world beyond their own. Let my beauty, the beauty of holiness, draw you closer. Lift your hands and heart in worship, and be transported and transformed.”