How To Worship

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
(‭Psalm‬ ‭29‬:‭2‬ ESV)

The psalmist is here acknowledging the best way to worship our Creator.
It is by giving Him greatness according to His greatness, His name.
The splendor of holiness is His name’s holiness, it’s separation from all other.

Nkjv has ‘holiness’ instead of splendor :
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

Comparing the meaning of each:
magnificent and splendid appearance; grandeur.
“the splendor of the Florida Keys”
synonyms: magnificence, sumptuousness, grandeur, impressiveness, resplendence, opulence, luxury, richness, fineness, lavishness, ornateness, glory, beauty, elegance;
antonyms: ordinariness, simplicity, modesty
magnificent features or qualities.
plural noun: splendours; plural noun: splendors
“the splendors of the imperial court”

“Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name.
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Let’s take a look at some key words in this verse. The Hebrew word used in this verse for glory is kabowd. Kabowb means weight, splendor or copiousness: -glorious (- ly), glory, honor (-able). King David used the Hebrew word shachah for worship. It means to depress, i.e. prostrate in homage to royalty or God. Beauty is the Hebrew word hadarah which means decoration. Qodesh (ko’-desh) is the Hebrew word used for holiness. It means a sacred place or thing; rarely abstract, sanctity.

Keeping those words in mind you might read this verse like this;

Bestow unto the Lord the weight, splendor and honor that his name is worthy of.

Prostrate in homage before a God that is decorated in holiness having been decorated with sanctity as a sacred vessel.

We are admonished here to reverence the Lord for the weight and splendor of his name. It is often said of business men or dignitaries that they carry a lot of weight. When they speak or their name is spoken people listen. Respect is shown these people because of the position they hold. God has revealed himself to us through the scriptures. His name exemplifies his character. Of how much more reverence and respect should be given to the God of the universe?

Since he is God of the universe we are to worship him; prostrate in homage. To pay homage is to give respect and honor publicly. David is expressing that our worship should not be hidden in a closet but displayed for others to see. I believe the exhortation “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” has at least two meanings. One is that the God to whom we worship is decorated with holiness. The second is that those who pay homage to him should also be decorated with holiness.
Scripture references:
1 Chronicles 16:29
Give to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
2 Chronicles 20:21
And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.
Psalms 96:8-9
Give to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him all the earth.” —

ho·li·ness pron.
the state of being holy.
“a life of holiness and total devotion to God”

Holy basically means sanctified or separate from that not holy. Setting apart is the idea. No comparisons to be made.

There are many avenues in which to worship God, but the act that we take here is the important measure of our quality of worship.


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