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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ultimate Jump, Worship! - God is Holy!

There has been a change of plans. I am not preaching on the 23rd of August, but I am preaching on August 30th in Solid Ground Services. The sermon topic is the "Ultimate Jump, Worship!" I am very passionate about worship and pleased for the opportunity. The next few blogs will be me sharing some of my worship thoughts in preparation for this teaching.

I am currently reading a book titled, "Crazy Love," by Francis Chan. He talks about how infinite God is and how Crazy in Love with us that God is. I encourage you to go to www.crazylovebook.com and watch the video on the Awe Factor of God. You will be amazed at how vast our God is and that He loves you. The same Jehovah God that created us, died for us. It is amazing to know without a doubt the love of God and then experience His vastness. All I can do is bow in reverence and worship.

Lets consider the worship truth, God is holy. A lot of people say that whatever you believe about God is fine, so long as you are sincere. But that is comparable to describing your friend in one instance as a three-hundred-pound sumo wrestler and in another instance your friend is a five-foot-two, ninety pound gymnast. No matter how sincere you are in your explanation, both descriptions of your friend simply cannot be true. There is only One God that created us, died for us, and redeemed us.

The preposterous part about our doing this comparison to God is that He already has revealed His name and identity. We don't get to decide who God is. Exodus 3:14 states, "God said to Moses, 'I am who I am'." A few chapters later, God tells God chosen people to be Holy because He is holy. We don't get to change these truths.

To say that God is holy is to say that He is set apart, distinct from us. Because He is set apart, we will never be able to fathom all that He is. To the Jews, saying something three times demonstrates its perfection, so to call God, "Holy, Holy, Holy" is to say that He is perfectly set apart, with nothing and no one to compare Him to. That is what is means to be "holy."

Many Spirit-filled authors have exhausted the thesaurus in order to describe God with the glory He deserves. His perfect holiness, by definition, assures us that our words can't contain Him. Personally, I am glad that I can and do worship a God that is beyond my ability to exaggerate! He is bigger than my feeble mind...His set apart from all my praises, yet chooses to dwell among the praises of His people...He is more powerful than any issue this world throws my direction.

I love you, God.To you be all glory, honor, praise, and adoration! Amen.

I plan on writing this topic for a few weeks, all your thoughts are welcome. You know I love ya - Don


Jessi said...

Great post...so true. I'm also glad that God is bigger than my understand. I like it that way. I think it helps me keep him as holy rather than humanizing him too much. Yes, he is our friend and father but he is also our maker and master.
One thing that bugs me too about people these days is them wanting to make God fit them. He becomes what they need him to be...but to go along with what you said, he is who he is...period.
Thanks for your writings. They are such an encouragement.

Don Crane said...

Hello Jessi...thank you. God is so much bigger than we are that I find it helpful to intentionally remember His vastness in order to know the one I worship. I couldn't agree more, God does not fit into our boxes. We need to conform to His image not the other way around. I also appreciate your writing and blog. Congratulations on a great Summer and God Bless.