Give unto the LORD the glory due unto His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
Notice the first word that David uses. Is it not “give?” Could it be that God never forces anyone to “give” unto Him? Could it be that He receives praise and worship but does not demand it? Just asking. David’s words are instructive not commands. No one can command you or I to do anything. We may pay the consequences if we don’t but it our choice.
Regarding our praise and worship of our Lord and Savior, it is to our benefit to do so. We do understand that God is not diminished or weakened if we don’t praise Him—don’t we? Our worship of the Lord shows that we understand our relationship to Him as Creator and us as creation. He is Almighty and we are not.
Pay What You Owe
We are to “give” the LORD the glory that is rightfully His; it is “due” Him. If you live in the city and you are connected to the electrical system, you probably have to pay the company that provides it. If you don’t pay it, they will come and turn off the power to your home. Since they provide the “power” they somehow think you ought to pay them what is due them. You can refuse to pay them what is “due” them but then they can refuse to provide the power to your house. It just seems to work that way.
Could it be that if we refuse to “give” to God the glory that is due Him that spiritual power and blessings will be turned off? Again, just asking.
The last statement in the verse above is that we are to “worship the Lord” and we are to do so in the “beauty of holiness.” To worship the Lord is to honor Him reverently. Worship is never flippant. To do so in the beauty of holiness is to do so with a life that is consecrated to Him and sanctified holy and that only comes when one’s sins are washed away through precious blood of Christ Jesus our Lord.
It is really good for us to worship the Lord and to do so with pure heart and mind. Let’s determine to do so. Can you say, “Amen.”