Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Beauty of Holiness....part 5

Beginning with Selah time (part 4 here), the exploration of this theme - The Beauty of Holiness - has entered its midpoint.  We have looked at scriptures describing the beauty of the heavenly realm, we have seen the beauty evident in a fallen creation, we have documented the beauty within ourselves, we have looked at the hope for resurrection beauty coming from seeds of dark, hard places...and we paused to let it all sink in.

Now, we will look at the actual definitions of the words in this phrase from Psalm 29:2:
Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness

Worship:  The word translated "worship" here is the Hebrew word "shachah " which literally means
                 to "bow down"  (There are actually at least 7 different words translated as "worship", each
                 indicates a different posture or action.)

To bow our head to worship is the exact opposite of having "a stiff neck" which is always a figure of speech for having the kind of pride that says "I don't need the Lord or His help".  Bowing shows submission to the one bowed to...how are you bowing in your heart, with your head, or with your entire being today?

the Lord:  The unutterable Name of God is translated "the Lord"...I love this thought by Rabbi 
                 Lawrence Kushner and retold on this blog in detail (and it was also referenced in Ann
                 Voskamp's site)...but below I have summarized the main point in the article:

The letters of the Name of God in Hebrew are YOD, HAY, VAV, and HAY. They are frequently mispronounced as “Yahveh.” But in truth they are unutterable. Not because of the holiness they evoke, but because they are all vowels and you cannot pronounce all the vowels at once without risking respiratory injury...This word is the sound of breathing. The holiest Name in the world, the Name of the Creator, is the sound of your own breathing.
 Breathing while bowing...remembering He is the source of all life, of this life that I am now living...even if I don't understand or don't like aspects of it.  Ask: "Are my breaths deep and rhythmic, indicating peace and an attitude of patient waiting or calm receiving?" or "Are my breaths shallow and rapid, indicating anxiety or fear or worry or an uncertainty of this relationship between Creator and the created?"

Today I am checking myself...and you? 

(More definitions next week!)

Joining with Tiffini at Word Women Wednesdays
and
Emily at Imperfect Prose

7 comments:

Tiffini said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am processing this. I have learned some on the unutterable Name of God but not this much..about the vowels. His name is the sound of our own breathing...oh my Cindy! This is fantastic news tonight. Why - when I lay down to sleep I will think on this more. I just stopped "going" for the day and couldn't wait to see what you had to say. This is the good deep stuff that I love..always do from you:) may you continue to be steeped in His story..night:)
xo

Brian Miller said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

good stuff...breathing while bowing...taking it in...yeah i could use a check...smiles.

Old Ollie said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You'll find so much of this in the Psalms...beauty of holiness - I like that.

slommler said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

As your words rumble around in my head..I am blessed for sure! The sound of my breath is worship...is God's name. I love it
Hugs
SueAnn

sonyamacdesigns said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

unutterable is beauty and in the old negro hymns is expressed as continues groan in song ... thank you ... this is a beautiful post and reminder on our need to remain humble ... this check in.

emily wierenga said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

wow. i'm with tiffini... processing this, and it is changing my world. the holiest name is the sound of our own breathing. thank you beautiful friend.

Joybird said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

yes, I am checking myself. This is so cool Cindy. I love it when you dive in deep. The name of God uttered in every breath. Magnificent. Reminds me of someone I once heard pray over communion who asserted that Jesus was asking us to celebrate and remember Him every time we ate. Not just the special or the ceremonial moments, but Emmanuel who wants to be with us in the everyday eating and breathing.