Monday, August 19, 2013

Holy Solemnity

“Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel.” Isaiah 30:29

There are many treasures and riches of the knowledge of God that God has for those whose heart and spirit is poised God ward…a holy solemnity. “When a holy solemnity is kept.” Now there is such a thing as a holy solemnity when you sit there, and for no other reason. You have no special presence, no special guidance, for no other reason than that you admire your God, worship your God. You sit there quietly with your spirit reaching out up to God, a heart directed God ward in a state of worship. It’s the time of holy solemnity.

And you can just sit there, hands up ahead. I use a chair with arms so I can support my elbows because you get tired. I just sit there. Oh, an hour, half hour or quarter, two hours. I have done it more than that; just sit there in a holy solemnity. Once in a while a little praise comes out quietly, “Praise the Lord, Hallelujah.”

Look in Psalms 92:1-3. Believe me, this might not sound like much. You might think it’s a little thing to listen to, but don’t you believe it. It’s one of the greatest treasures you can give to God. It’s one of the greatest pleasures, which God enjoys when His people sit in the night (or by day) in a holy solemnity. No prayer request, no asking for money, no asking for healing, no asking for anything. It’s all one way now, a holy solemnity. This is to God of a very great price.

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, Oh most High: To shew forth thy loving-kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; (and the drummery) upon the harp with a solemn sound.” Psalms 92:1-3

This solemnity need not only be a solemnity of silence, although there is that. In Habakkuk we read, “Be still and know that I am God.” The very grandeur and omnipotence and greatness of God silences the human spirit. Be still, be silent, “Be still and know that I am God.” But there is also a holy solemnity in song. Here you have it, “Upon the harp with a solemn sound,” a low sound.

As you sit there before the Lord, you can engage in a solemnity, a holy solemnity, by a low sound: “Hallelujah, Praise the Lord” (very quietly and softly). “Praise God, Hallelujah, Glory, Hallelujah” (very quietly), a holy solemnity, a worshipful silence interspersed with a low sound, a solemn sound.