Friday, May 22, 2015

God’s Holiness



Scripture

Psa. 99:1        The LORD is king; let the peoples tremble!
        He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
2     The LORD is great in Zion;
        he is exalted over all the peoples.
3     Let them praise your great and awesome name.
        Holy is he!
4     Mighty King, lover of justice,
        you have established equity;
    you have executed justice
        and righteousness in Jacob.
5     Extol the LORD our God;
        worship at his footstool.
        Holy is he!

Observation

The holiness of God is something about which to sing! Our LORD is great and holy. The nature of holiness is revealed in God’s love for justice, equity and righteousness which is to be found among his holy people. Therefore we come before the LORD our God and we worship him — for he is holy!

Application


God’s holy nature is to be reflected in his people. We are to be the likeness of God for the world. If he is reflected in us then we will respond to the needs of the world around us in the same way in which he responds.

Do we love justice? It’s amazing how holiness and justice are so often connected. God is a lover of justice and as his people we should be as well. The early holiness people fought against the injustices that they saw in the world because the very nature of injustice rubs against the nature of God’s holiness. The two are incompatible.

Not only is there a love of justice, but equity is established. What does that mean for a Christ-follower seeking to be a reflection of God’s holiness? We are to be fair and equitable to those who are around us for this becomes our witness. The ways in which we act, react and treat those around us is our testimony. The world is watching and wanting to know how God’s holy people will respond. When we become more concerned about ourselves and making sure that we are properly cared for — than for others — then we are not seeking the equity of our holy God. We must put others first, sharing with those in need! In this, God’s holiness is revealed.

We worship him when we are at his footstool, facing God and in his holy presence. Yes, “Holy is he!”

Prayer

Lord, may my life be a testimony to you.  Amen.

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