Summary: This Psalm we are looking at doesn't even soar into space. It stops earth bound, and still it deals with a God who is truly awesome. He is awesome, not because of His creation and what He has done, but because of His character, and what He is.
Everett Fullam was in Libera in 1969 when the two
Americans, Armstrong and Aldin walked on the moon. He told
the Gheo tribe chief this was happening, and the old man looked
up to the moon and said, "There's nobody up there." He sounded
angry and added, "Besides, that is not big enough for two people
to stand on." He had no conception of the size of the moon. The
result is, he could not feel the awe of those who knew the wonder
of what was taking place.
If you have a small view of reality, you will have a small view
of the God who created it. That is why the Psalms are so full of
the marvel and wonder of creation. The heavens declare the
glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork. David
gazes into the vast wonder of the universe and asks, "What is
puny man that you are mindful of him? The more you grasp the
magnitude of creation, the more you will gasp at the majesty of
the God who made it.
Astronomy is one of the greatest aids to worship, and when we
study it in the Bible we will see why it is that most astronomers
are people who believe in God. Awe is an aid to faith. It is hard
for an astronomer to think small and believe something so vast
and orderly can be an accident with no mind behind it. This
Psalm we are looking at doesn't even soar into space. It stops
earth bound, and still it deals with a God who is truly awesome.
He is awesome, not because of His creation and what He has done,
but because of His character, and what He is. He is, says David in
this unique song, Holy, Holy, Holy. This is called the Holy, Holy,
Holy Psalm because God's Holiness is the chorus that concludes
each of the three divisions of this Psalm.
Verse 3 ends, He is holy.
Verse 5 ends, He is holy.
Verse 9 ends, our God is holy.
This is the only Psalm where God is called holy three times.
Keil & Delitzch, the great Old Testament scholars, call it Song
And Praise Of The Thrice Holy One. There is no other attribute
of God that is used like His holiness. In Isa. 6:3 the Seraphs
around the throne of God call out, "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord
Almighty." In Rev. 4:8 the Living Creatures never stop saying
these words around the throne of God: Holy, Holy, Holy is the
Lord God Almighty." In both the Old and the New Testaments
we have this triune chant.
God is love, but you never find it anywhere as a chant
like-love, love, love is the Lord God Almighty. God is light, but
no where is there such a song as-light, light, light is the Lord God
Almighty. You will look in vain to find any other of the attributes
of God used in this triune way. God is an awesome God, and
nothing makes this more clear than His holiness.
Many of you have seen the movie Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
You saw in the conclusion a marvelous manifestation of the
holiness of God. When the German soldiers dared to open the
ark of the Lord-that ark that sat in the holy of holies for centuries,
and where no man but the high priest dared enter but
once a year-the light of God's awesome presence came out of that
ark and melted them like a laser beam would melt and ice cream
cone. Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty would have
been an appropriate song to sing after that film.
God's holiness means He is separated from all He has made.
He is elevated above all that is finite and imperfect. He is in a
different category of reality, and unless He wills it not to happen,
anything or anyone that comes into His presence will be
disintegrated, for anything that is not holy cannot exist in the
presence of His holiness. God is a consuming fire, and your
chances of getting to the center of the sun are greater than getting
into the literal presence of the holiness of God. Heb. 12:14 says,
"Without holiness no one will see the Lord." That is why you will
find words like tremble and shake in the context of dealing with
the holiness of God.
This Psalm has many good points. I came up with a great
outline for a six point sermon:
1. The Affirmation of His Reign.
2. The Adoration of His Fame.
3. The Accomplishment of His Aim.
4. The Authenticity of His Claim.
5. The Authority of His Blame.
But I am going to take just one point for our focus, and that is: