God Is Holy

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts.
The whole earth is full of His glory.
Isaiah 6:3
Holy, holy, holy is the first hymn I remember as a young girl sitting in church with my mother and father. Written in the early 1800’s by an Anglican bishop, it’s stood the test of time. Even recently it has been sung by Steven Curtis Chapman, Audrey Assad and Hillsong (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvRp_xKLP8I). Perhaps as a little girl it was the repetition of the word holy, or maybe it was the way my sweet mother sang it with much gusto, but somehow the song resonated deep within my little soul. God was holy. Three times holy!!!
In our search to know more about God, it’s crucial to consider this quality. When we think of God’s holiness, we think of his complete separation from sin, his infinite moral perfection, and his total glory. No thing in creation, no one in the creation, not even man who is created in the image of God, compares to God in essential nature. He is infinitely perfect and incomparable, which makes him completely separate, distinct, and holy. He, unlike anything in creation, is unaffected by sin.
Thoughtfully considering God’s holiness can bring a variety of responses. In scripture we find Isaiah seeing the Lord sitting upon a throne with angels who were announcing God’s holiness while the earth shook. His response was an immediate awareness of his own sin as he said, ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’ Focusing on the holiness of God will bring us to the intense realization of the vast separation between God and mankind.
Thoughtfully considering God’s holiness also brings to mind numerous verses that call, and even command, us to also be holy. 1 Peter 1:15 speaks to this: ‘But as he who called you is holy; you also be holy in all your conduct.’ Leviticus 19:2 conveys this to the Jewish people, ‘Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy for I the Lord you God am holy.’
We too should be set apart, and in fact we are. Because of God’s choosing us before the foundation of the world and sending his son to be the once and for all sacrifice for our sin, we can be holy and blameless. (Ephesians 1:4) Even our holiness comes from the hand of God!
Today, take a minute to try to comprehend God’s holiness and his complete ability to remain unaffected by sin. Then, think about Jesus, the exact representation of God, and notice holiness in the flesh. It is grace to us that our God is not like us. He is holy, holy, holy.
Questions for reflection:

  1.  Why might it be good to think about God’s holiness regularly?
  2.  Ask God to reveal a blind spot you may have, in regard to your own personal holiness.
Linda Miller | Ministry Development

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