When you consider the greatness of our God and imagine His presence with us in our daily lives, do you ever wonder, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man.” (Isaiah 6:5 NLT). We are in awe of God’s holiness and humbled by our lack there of. His standard is perfection; something we cannot attain on our own. But thanks be to God for His never ending grace when “…He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life,” and we are now “made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us” (John 3:16 and Romans 5:1 NLT). We have been reconciled by His grace, by the blood.
But does he not still command and require us to “be holy, as I am holy” (Lev. 11:45)?
Have you ever arrived to church in a hurry, having just nearly gotten run off the road, or snapped at your spouse or children for something petty? Have you forgotten that God is with you? Have you forgotten Whom you were coming to meet? Moses and Joshua were both commanded, when in the presence of the Lord, to “take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground” (Exodus 3:5 and Joshua 5:15). In essence, set aside where you’ve been and come to Me and give Me honor; just you, worshiping just Me.
Honor the LORD for the glory of his name. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. Psalm 29:2 NLT
Let us set about to do the work and honor of worship, the “sacrifice” of praise. Let us come prepared, humbled, in awe, anticipating an encounter with the one true God, and worship Him as we stand on holy ground.