Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished. And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire- and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. And they sung the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the nations! Who will not fear O Lord, and glorify your name? For You alone are holy. All nations will come and worship You, for Your righteous acts have been revealed.
We fail in our mission of worship when we do not give God the glory His name is due. By attempting to reveal His holiness in the manner as those of this world view holiness we sell our Absolutely Sovereign God short in our worship of Him. God is not a man and is thus not holy as men count holiness (Habakkuk 11:9). God is the essential essence of holiness. He is holy and He alone exhibits perfect holiness.
Because our Sovereign God is unique in all His ways there is nothing by which He can be compared except Himself. Thus we see Him in Amos 4:2 swearing by His holiness because nothing else approaches His standard of excellence. God’s holiness implies a moral spotlessness, a freedom from every evil thought, intent, action, and motive. He is the epitome of wholeness and perfection in holiness. God’s holiness originates from His unique character. There is none like Him in all the earth (Psalm 86:10). His thoughts are not our thoughts neither are His ways anything like our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). Men tend to pattern their thoughts of God after what they can see. The worldly pattern their views of God according to the world’s standards. God gives examples of this thought pattern in Psalm 50. However in Psalm 50:21 He gives a rebuttal to that thought pattern. Look for yourself:
These things you have done, and I have been silent;
you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.
No!! The sum of all excellence: morally, ethically, philosophically, socially, politically and other-ally is found in our Absolutely Sovereign God. He is absolutely pure (1 John 1:5) and absolutely glorious in holiness (Habakkuk 1:13). God is pure, clean, undefiled, and untainted by sin in any way (Leviticus 11:45). All His ways are holy (Exodus 15:11). I just love the way the King James Version (KJV) of Exodus 15:11 suggests that God is marvelous in holiness.
The Hebrew and Greek words for holy and holiness are best reserved for our Sovereign God. Even when they are used for men and things and stuff, the holiness found in created objects is transcendent from God Who dwells in them. It is God’s indwelling presence that makes things holy (Exodus 22:31). The Holy of Holies was indwelt by God’s Shekinah glory as was the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant. God is the personification of holiness and purity (Psalm 145:17).
As the Only One Who is holy (Revelation 15:4; 1 Samuel 2:2) then those who are called by Him, Who Alone is holy, are also called to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16; Leviticus 11:44-45). This suggests that as God hates sin and every evil way (Psalm 5:4) then we as well ought to loathe and detest sin and every evil way and seek after His holiness. Our God cannot simply wink at sin like so many in the church and in the world do today. He commands us to resist the devil and the devil, the father of lies and all falsity, will flee from us (James 4:7; John 8:44). The devil looked upon the holiness of Jesus and cried out, “I know You, Jesus, the Holy One of God” (Luke 4:34). God demonstrated His great and intense displeasure with sin by sending His Only Begotten and Unique Son to die for our sins. The Just for the unjust! The Holy for the unholy! Oh-h-h how much God must have hated sin and loved us so that He imputed and impugned sin upon His Only Son, Who cried out in agony on the Cross, “My God! My God! Why have You forsaken Me?” (Psalm 16:10; Matthew 27:46). I can just hear God’s swift answer coming back, “Because You Alone are Holy and through your death and resurrection lies the avenue through Whom My people will attain to the holiness I desire ” (Psalm 22:1-3).
Yes, saints of the Most Holy God, then we ought to forever worship and praise His name. Shouldn’t our song of praise be like that song that Moses and the Israelites sang after deliverance? Shouldn’t our song of victory be like that song of victory sung by those who stood by the banks of the glassy sea with harps of God in their hands after the victory over the beast? Shouldn’t our song of worship and praise be like that of the four living creatures who bellowed both day and night, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty (Omnipotent) Who was and Who is and Who is to come?” (Revelation 4:8). Let us then cry out like the holy seraphim who stood in the very presence of God in the year that King Uzziah died saying: “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts; the earth is full of His glory” (Isaiah 6:3). Be blessed and be a blessing to someone else by sharing with them this blog.