Worship Wednesday – Cry Holy

Worship WednesdaySome nights, my anxiety is greater than others, and tonight was one of those nights. To put it vaguely, sometimes you shouldn’t read the Facebook news posts before bed. Anywho, I did, and found myself suddenly very anxious. A current even, which I shall not name now, hit very close to home, something I hadn’t been expecting to read about tonight.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes there are just those nights in which all you can do is ask God for faith because you know what you have now isn’t going to get you through. I wanted to be brave, and I wanted to be the Proverbs 31 woman who “laughs at the future.” Instead, I felt more like a child wants nothing more than to run and hide in her father’s arms. It was late, and I wasn’t sure how He would answer, but I knew He would. He always does.

And God did answer, but in a way I didn’t at all expect. He answered in a special form of nature that cried, “Holy! Holy! Holy!” to my heart.

Cry Holy

Sonic Flood

Every sun and moon and star
All declaring who You are
We fall silent in amazement
Every word and deed of man
Every sea and grain of sand
All creation speaks
And now we sing to proclaim You majesty

Let the earth rejoice
Singing with one voice
Let the people cry
Holy holy Lord
Every creature sing
Praises to the King
All creation cry
Holy is the Lord
Holy is the Lord

Every song sung on the earth
Will never capture all You worth
We fall silent in amazement
Let every humble heart now see
The beauty of Your majesty
All creation speaks
And now we sing to the King
Above all Kings

Chorus (repeat 2x)

All creation proclaims Your majesty
Holy is Your name in all the earth
All creation proclaims Your majesty
And now we sing

God’s faithfulness never ceases to amaze me. Just a few moments after asking God to strengthen my faith, an incredible electrical storm lit up the Arkansas sky. Unlike most of our lightning storms, this one had no rain, and it was far enough from us that the thunder could not be heard. (I have a love/hate relationship with thunder.)

As I watched through our bedroom window as bolt after bolt traveled between clouds to the ground and back up again, I couldn’t help but feel that this unusual storm was somehow meant for me. God kept the terrifying thunder far from me, but He allowed me to watch as the sky lit up with what can only be the closest thing I’ve ever seen to resemble God’s glory. To me, the storm cried, “Holy! Holy! Holy!” as if the Master of the universe was opening a curtain for me to see His power, all to remind me that nothing can touch me or my family without His permission.

Ligonier, a Christian organization begun by Pastor R.C. Sproul, has a beautiful devotion in which holiness is described. The devotion article, “The Meaning of Holiness,” says this:

“…holiness in Scripture, while associated with moral uprightness, is not chiefly about doing the right things; rather, to be holy is, first and foremost, to be set apart from what is common. It is to be different or unique in comparison to this world. “

the lightning proclaimed God’s holiness as it reminded me that nothing in this world can control the lightning like God can. God alone created that storm, and God alone was the one directing it as it passed by me. As the lightning cried out, “Holy! Holy! Holy!” to my heart, declaring both God’s power and goodness, it reminded me of a quote from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, when Lucy, the youngest child asks Mr. Beaver about Aslan, the great lion, the Great King.

“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

My Father is holy and powerful. He strikes terror into the hearts of His enemies, but to those He has chosen to adopt as sons and daughters, He is a harbor of peace. Before I could feel that peace again, however, I needed to be reminded of God’s holiness, His power, and His goodness.

Psalm 97 3-5

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