14 day plan


Day 9 of 14


Psalms 96:9

9Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;

let the whole earth tremble before him.

Reflection: Imperfect worship

The words of Psalm 96:9, taken from the robust King James version, stare at me every Sunday at the front of my church: “Oh worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”

I always feel inadequate when I read it. Will I ever be holy enough?

But the splendour of the doctrine that we have been united with Christ comes to my rescue (Phil 2:1). It is the beauty of Jesus’ holiness which means I can worship God. While holiness is something I have to work on it is the holiness of Christ that the Father will gaze upon when I meet him. And it is the same holiness that gives me the courage to dare approach him in the company of other believers.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have united me with your Son and made me clean in your sight.
Out of sheer gratitude, I come to worship you in the splendour of your holiness.

Psalms 96:1-13

Psalm 96

King of the Earth

1Sing a new song to the Lord;

let the whole earth sing to the Lord.

2Sing to the Lord, bless his name;

proclaim his salvation from day to day.

3Declare his glory among the nations,

his wondrous works among all peoples.

4For the Lord is great and is highly praised;

he is feared above all gods.

5For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,

but the Lord made the heavens.

6Splendor and majesty are before him;

strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

7Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples,

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

8Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;

bring an offering and enter his courts.

9Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;

let the whole earth tremble before him.

10Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.

The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken.

He judges the peoples fairly.”

11Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;

let the sea and all that fills it resound.

12Let the fields and everything in them celebrate.

Then all the trees of the forest will shout for joy

13before the Lord, for he is coming —

for he is coming to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with righteousness

and the peoples with his faithfulness.