“I can’t comprehend YOUR infinitely beautiful and perfect love, oh, I’ve dreamed dreams of majesty as brilliant as a billion stars, but they’re never bright enough, after all, YOU are HOLY, Oh HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, HOLY” (David Crowder, “After All (Holy)” <– click to view the music video).
Holy (Heb. qāḏôš) is an attribute of God. Holy is who He is! He is His Holy Awesome, Holy Excellent, Holy Incomparable, Holy Righteous, Holy Glorious, Holy Worthy! Oh how we ought to be compelled to offer praise to the Holy God (Heb. hāʾēl haqqādôš) for who He is! Even though finite words could never fully express the infinite majesty of Holy God, we do have a responsibility to respond to His Holiness in sincere repentance and reverence and rejoicing.
Deuteronomy 10:14-21 speaks of the Holiness God and of our responsibility to respond: “For the Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe…You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name [loyally remain in covenant with Him]. He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen” (vv. 17 and 19-21, NASB95).
Psalm 145:1-21 equally speaks of the Holiness of God and of our responsibility to respond: “Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable…On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wonderful works, I will meditate. Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, and I will tell of Your greatness. They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness and will shout joyfully of Your righteousness” (vv. 3 and 5-7, NASB95).
Isaiah 40: 12-31 speaks of the Holiness of God and of our responsibility to respond as well: “Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge and informed Him of the way of understanding? …To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him? … Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He who sits above the circle of the earth…who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in…“To whom then will you liken Me that I would be his equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing” (vv. 13-14, 18, 21-22, and 25-26, NASB95).
“And it feels like there’s not enough praise inside of me, with all these words, all my heart can sing is HOLY, YOU are HOLY, JESUS CHRIST YOU bled YOUR love, laid down YOURSELF and gave me life, in naked shame YOU hung and YOU were lifted high, here I lay in awe and wonder, I am afraid for no one’s ever sacrificed and loved me this way so on my face I fall under YOUR heavy grace, here I lay in awe and wonder” (Leeland, “I Wonder” <– click to view the music video).
John bore witness to the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. He was exiled to Patmos where God gave him the Revelation of Jesus Christ to make known to us. The Holy Spirit took John to witness the throne of Holy God in heaven where He, the Eternal Living Lord, is worshiped day and night without cease– “”Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is in and who is to come”…”Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created”” (Revelation 4:8 and 11, NASB95).
In the right hand of God who is seated upon His throne, John saw a sealed scroll and a mighty angel who proclaimed, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” (Revelation 5:2, HCSB09) And John cried because no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was found worthy to open the scroll or even to look in it. BUT “one of the elders said to me [John], “Stop crying. Look! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has been victorious so that He may open the scroll and its seven seals.” Then I [John] saw One like a slaughtered lamb standing between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent into all the earth. He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of the One seated on the throne” (Revelation 5:5-7, HCSB09)! Heaven was filled with praises and prayers of worship to the Lamb– Jesus Christ the only Holy, only Worthy “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29, NASB95)!
“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because You were slaughtered, end You redeemed people for God by Your blood from every tribe and language and people and nation. You made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they will reign on the earth….The Lamb who was slaughtered is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!…Blessing and honor and glory and dominion to the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever” (Revelation 5:9-10 and 12-13, HCSB03)!
This Easter season is not meant to be just another consumer holiday, it is a HOLY-DAY. It’s a HOLY-DAY because it is a day meant to be set apart for us to respond to the Holy Lamb of God in a special commemorative celebration of repentance and reverence and rejoicing. “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” (Revelation 7:10, NKJV82)! He has saved us because He alone is Holy Awesome, Holy Excellent, Holy Incomparable, Holy Righteous, Holy Glorious, Holy Worthy!
Praise be to the majesty of Jesus Christ!
Have a blessed Good Friday and Resurrection Celebration!
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