" For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the Lord our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?" (Deuteronomy 4:7).

If you resolve to worship, praise and exalt God so that He always stays near you, His divine presence will surround you for the whole day; the presence of God will go ahead of you. You will be the most blessed among the entire mankind.

David adds one more factor to the worship and it is "Beauty of holiness." "Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness" (Psalm 96:9). It is the worship of most liking to God. Yes, before you worship God, stand in front of the Cross of Calvary and plead, "Lord, let your blood fall on me. Purify me. Wash and cleanse me with your blood so that I worship to your liking. God will help you to worship Him in the beauty of holiness.

God is completely holy. He is perfect in holiness. He is mighty. The Seraphim who worshipped Him chanted continually "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts" (Isaiah 6:3). Your worship in the world is identical to the worship in heaven. The will of God is to be done on earth as it is done in heaven.

The Psalmist who shows great interest in worshipping God says, “Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:2). Here it can be seen how he is combining the beauty of holiness and the glory of His Name with the worship.

You can praise God and glorify Him in two ways. One is to thank Him with all gratitude for all the good things He has done in your life. The next is to praise and exalt Him for His power, glory and greatness of creation, looking up to all His creations. Both these types rise as the soothing aroma of spices and make His heart rejoice.

Dear children of God, the very purpose of creating you is for you to praise and worship Him. While the people of the world lash Him repeatedly through their sins, make Him happy through your praise and worship. He is worthy to be praised. He is enthroned in the praises (Psalm 22:3).

To meditate: "Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (I Corinthians 10:31).