Psalm 29:2 says, ‘Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
In the original Hebrew the second part of this verse reads something like this: ‘Bow down before the Lord fully dressed in holiness (dedication, consecration, set-apartedness)’.
When I was researching the meaning of this beautiful verse, Sundays came to my mind and I realized how many well-dressed people there are in churches all over the world! Many of us wear our best clothing to church. It is a way of honoring God, honoring our church and showing respect for our church family.
My mom taught me to dress my best for church and I still do it to this day. I may look scraggly during the week, but when Sunday comes around I wake up earlier than normal to make sure my hair is impeccable, my clothes are perfectly ironed and my make-up makes my husband say, ‘Mama mia!!’ Most of us enjoy looking good on Sundays and it is nice to get compliments from our church family, isn’t it?
What if we took the same care of our hearts as we take for our Sunday clothing? What if all week we prepare for Sunday by setting ourselves apart from the world and consecrating our eyes, our ears and our hearts to Him? Just like we iron and starch our clothing for Sunday morning, why can’t we take extra pains to be holy, set apart, consecrated? When a co-worker wants to trash-talk the boss, we walk away. When we have the choice of watching a movie that will fill our hearts with filth or stay home, we say, ‘no thanks.’ When others’ actions justify a tongue-lashing we choose to show mercy and stand out from the crowd. When morning comes, we choose to spend time in the Word and in prayer because we love God and need to be in His presence. Our actions and our thoughts begin changing our spiritual appearance and by Sunday, we are fully decked out in holiness!
The best clothing we can wear to worship God, according to Psalm 29, is made out of holiness (consecration and being set apart for him throughout our week). God stops dead in his tracks and notices the person adorned in holiness. He takes one peek, then another, then looks at us from head to toe admiring our spiritual beauty. Our holiness (and all the sacrifice that it entails) is to God as ‘bling’ and designer clothing are to the people around us… He admires holiness; he is attracted to it. And our beauty attracts his presence, his compliments and his splendor.
So, by all means, wear your Sunday best to church, but go beyond that and put on the garment of holiness when you come into God’s house. We will notice, and most importantly, He will too!
- Mercy Alarid is the Creative Arts Pastor of Passion Church. Mercy has a Master's degree in Education. Mercy is a member of the faculty of Central New Mexico Community College, where she is an instructor in the Education department. Mercy has been married to Brian for 17 years and they reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico with their 3 children: Chloe, Colin, and Lauren.