Sunday, February 22, 2009

In the Beginning

This new profile picture should be familiar to space afficionados as "Earth Rise" taken from Apollo 8 as it circled from around the moon. Later, on Christmas Eve, the crew read Genesis chapter one during a live broadcast to the world. It remains one of the most pleasant and spine-tingling events of my life.

Far surpassing though are the times spent at the throne of God in prayer. God reminds me very often lately as I begin to pray, speaking to Him, that He prefers to speak first to me. It is usually a divine interruption and He says, "Worship me." We are so often in such a hurry to bring our issues to God that we forget our place and priority.

God says in Ecclesiastes 5:1-2, "Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few."

To worship in the beauty of holiness is first and foremost His Holiness, then that which is imputed to us.

Afterwards, in obedience to Romans 11:36-12:2, I discover God's will for me that day. What a privelage to receive such knowledge, grace, and certainty. Have you learned to purposefully climb upon the altar, bind yourself, and allow God to utterly consume you so that you may know His good, acceptable, and perfect will? Have you so exercised yourself so that you do not jump off when the flames are too hot? Have you willingly forsaken all so that you may freely accept His will as your own with no attachments or exceptions? Only the pure saint can do this.

1 comment:

W McCallum said...

I read on another favourite blog the other day that the present Heavens and earth will at some point pass away and a new Heaven and earth will be formed. WOW. To be reminded of this was certainly an encouragement. However, the Heavens are amazing as you say but these moments of awe are still NOTHING in comparison to worshiping God in the beauty of holiness...

A surrendered heart is a blessed heart and there is no other way to fulfilment and real joy as you so rightly imply. Certain other things (and even good things) may wow as for a time but they are nothing in comparison to being in the presence of the Almighty God who formed them by the word of His mouth...