God Is Holy!
"Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.” Psalm 99:9 “And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” Isaiah 6:3
From time to time it is important for us to be reminded that God, our Lord and Savior is HOLY, and what that Holiness means to the manner in which we approach and engage with Him and with one others in the body of Christ and certainly with the world.
God wants us to be in an attitude of welcome and acceptance in His presence, but we must never forget that His Holiness is paramount. And in that Holiness is both purity and power, to save and to destroy.
His Holiness is inseparable from His radiance and splendor. He is Light eternal. In that light is power that surpasses all that He has created. It is greater than the power of the Sun, the galaxies, even to the farthest expanse of all creation.
So too, is the place of His dwelling with men. The Tabernacle and all of its trappings were Holy and also holy were the people who worshipped in it.
“For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.” Deuteronomy 7:6
The Sabbath Day is Holy to the Lord. Likewise the worship, the sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving, the altar and the offerings on the altar are all Holy to the Lord. The ministers and the gatekeepers, the craftsmen and the artisans, the builders and the decorators, also the stewards and the bakers, the vinedressers, and the singers, the players, the priests and the Levites are all Holy to God. [See Exodus. Leviticus and Numbers]
The gifts and the callings of God, the Apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers are Holy unto the Lord. [Ephesians 4:8-13]
Wherever God’s spirit chooses to abide is Holy, whether between the cherubim on the mercy seat [Exodus 25:17-22] or in the hearts of the child, the man, woman, boy or girl, the old or young, the rich or poor, whoever confesses faith in Jesus Christ as Lord believing that God has raised Him from the dead and confesses with His mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord is Holy. [1Peter 2:9]
In Holiness there is a force of life so great that were we to look upon it unredeemed in our sin we would be instantly consumed, because the darkness of our hearts could not withstand it. Even when Moses desired to see God’s face he was prevented because the light of God’s Holiness was too much for his eyes to perceive and live.
“So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” Exodus 33:17-20 [See also Exodus 19:12]
The measure to which we know and acknowledge God’s Holiness is also a measure to which we will have faith in His Word. When we worship Him, is it with the understanding that He is the true and only sovereign Lord and God? Or is our worship merely a religious habit with little or no expectation of anything supernatural accompanying it?
If we examine the requirements that God set before Israel as a pattern of Worship in Heaven, we would see that great preparation, sacrifice, both physical and mental effort and emotional engagement went into the presentation of their offerings, because they were consider Holy to the Lord. In fact, the offerings were not acceptable if they were not the very best and most costly of the flock. A spotless lamb was valued not only because it was healthy, young and strong but because of the offspring that that lamb would be able to produce over its lifetime. This is what God required of them. A blemished sickly, weak and crippled sheep would have very little potential for reproduction and what it would produce would only be like itself, of little to know value. To bring such a sacrifice to God would be disrespectful and would represent a disdain for God’s Holiness.
“I am the Lord, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.” Isaiah 43:15
God’s Holiness is not a static attribute of His being. It is a dynamic force from which emminates His wisdom and by which we are led to know how to be profitable in life and to walk in the pathway that leads to eternal life.
“Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.” Isaiah 45:11
“Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.” Isaiah 48:17
The Holiness of God is fearful and awesome. His justice and His righteousness are sure and His judgments are true and to the wicked severe and irreversible. He is the first and final authority over the deeds of men. No wicked soul will escape His wrath nor shall any evil abide the day of His coming. [Malachi 3:2-4]
In this acceptable time of God’s grace we are privileged to walk in His mercy and grace because of the work of ultimate sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. We must never, ever take that for granted nor handle it with a cavalier attitude not discerning His body. When we come together at His table for the sacred act of Holy Communion we must partake with reference and remember what unfathomable gift was bought for us through His blood and His body given for us.
Likewise when we worship we should remember to Whom we are pouring our heart’s gratitude and adoration, and worship Holy God in a manner fitting His Holy commandment.
Recall His exhortations.
“I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting upholy hands, without wrath and doubting.” 1 Timothy 2:8
“O classy our hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.” Psalm 47:1
“Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.” Psalm 30:4
“Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs”. Psalm 150:4
The name of the Lord is Holy, and in that name dwells the fullness of the power and authority of God.
“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” Isaiah 57:15
The Holy name of God is Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One.
“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Colossians 2:9
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11
By the Holy name of Jesus we have access to the fullness of God’s provision for every need in our lives, for healing, for salvation, for comfort, for food and drink, for water, for the very air we breathe, for encouragement, for wisdom, for understanding, for guidance, for knowledge, for hope, for joy, for peace, for strength, for rest and for favor in all things, for prosperity, for mercy, for forgiveness and grace and for transformation from death unto life and that more abundantly.
The Holiness of God is pure, sure, strong and weighty with promise and certainty, of assurance of His unfailing, never-ending absolute, perfect love given to us in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who was and Who is and Who is to come. AMEN.