Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.
Psalm 96:9-10 NIV
In the Splendour of His Holiness
Armand Tagoona was born in Naujaat (Repulse Bay, Northwest Territories) in 1926, from an Inuk mother and a German father. Born as a Roman Catholic, but he converted to Anglicanism. In 1969, he founded a new independent religious group affiliated to the Anglican Church in Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake, Northwest Territories): the Arctic Christian Fellowship. Tagoona’s church turned out to be very innovative and aimed at more religious autonomy, while being fundamentally guided by the Word of God.
Over the past few days, we have been focusing on what the Bible says about worship. The Bible doesn’t give an outline for a worship service – that is why Christian worship is so diverse and fits no matter what the language or culture. But it does tell us a lot about the spirit of worship – we worship the Lord with reverence and awe, marked with joy and gladness. King David loved to worship, and so it isn’t surprising that he teaches us a lot about how we ought to worship. In Psalm 96:9-10 we read, “Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. Say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns.’ The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.” The form of Christian worship differs according to culture and language. No matter what the form, David reminds us that worship must always recognize the holiness of God’s nature. Whenever we gather as God’s people to worship the Lord, we must be aware that God is holy, pure, set apart. While David commands our worship to be filled with gladness and joy, there must also be a sense of the holiness of God.
These have been words from the heart.