Holy, Holy, Holy
"And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come." Rev. 4:8. Why are they singing holy, holy, holy? Because they know God and are in awe of Him.
Nothing and no one could ever compare to Him, "Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?" Ex. 15:11 and "Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." Heb. 4:13 and "Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him." Ps. 33:8 and "There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God." 1 Sam. 2:2 and "Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:" Isa. 46:9-10. He created everything we can and cannot see, "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:" Col. 1:16.
What does holy really mean? Merriam-Webster defines holy as "Exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness." Perfect. If He is perfect in goodness and righteousness, how could we do anything but exalt Him?
What has He done to show us His goodness? He created us with free will, which allows us to deny Him or accept His love and return it. He tells us that the only law we need fulfill is to love everyone the way He loves us, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." Jn. 13:34. He created everything to work together for good when we are living the love He freely gives, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Rom. 8:28. He does not hold grudges and promises to forgive everyone who repents from their less-than-loving behavior, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Pet. 3:9. He offers us an eternal life of abundant joy, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Rom. 6:23 and "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." Jn. 15:11.
How does He show us His righteousness? He created everything to work together for our benefit. When we misuse our free will to defy His creation, He allows us to suffer the consequences of our behavior, which is a just result, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Gal. 6:7. Everyone who chooses to be part of His family will spend eternity with Him in heaven, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." Jn. 3:16-17. He offered us this choice while we were dead in our sins. We did not have to earn it, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" Eph. 2:8 and "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 5:8.
When we surrender to His holy nature, we are the ones who experience the benefit of an eternally joyful life, "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." Phil. 2:12-13. He has planned an expected end for all of us, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jer. 29:11, if we choose it.
Dear heavenly Father, we surrender to Your holiness and ask that You work in us both to will and accomplish Your good pleasure. We desire to live the life You’ve already planned for us. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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