Me, Adorned with Holiness!
Reading: Psalm 93
Your statutes stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days, O Lord. Psalm 93:5 (NIV)
To adorn: To make more beautiful or attractive.
There is great beauty in holiness. At the time this psalm was written, the temple was God's house, the place where he dwelt. It was characterised and made more beautiful not by its ornate design or intricate craftsmanship, but by holiness, and this by virtue of the fact that God dwelt there.
Because God is holy, any place where he dwells is also made holy. I too have been made holy: “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:10 Since God's Spirit of Holiness is living in me, I have effectively become God's house.
So if I am God's house, Psalm 93:5 takes on new meaning! “Holiness adorns your house for endless days, O Lord.” I have been adorned with holiness! I have been made “beautiful and attractive” through the sacrifice Jesus made for me. He has “…bestowed on [me] a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. I will be called [an] oak of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendour.” Isaiah 61:3-4
Guilt and shame have no place in my life any more! I have been made holy! My sins are forgotten, and God's perfect law is in my heart and written on my mind. I can walk in freedom and with great joy, lead by the Spirit and living a life characterised by goodness and fruitfulness. And “since I have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,” I can every day “draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith…” Hebrews 10:19, 22a Yippee!!!
Thank you, Lord Jesus that because of your sacrifice, I have been made perfect forever. I choose to live a life of holiness! Holy Spirit please fill me and lead me, and may my life be forever devoted to the display of your splendour.