Summary: God is high and lifted up, separated from sin and He’s perfect!
Psalm 99:1 The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved. 2 The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people. 3 Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.
God is called many things throughout the Bible, a few of those names are Mighty, Gracious, Merciful, From Everlasting to Everlasting, Emmanuel. God is all of these but, to me I believe Holy fits the best.
As you can see in this Psalm if you could use just one word to describe God I believe it would be “Holy!”
Isaiah said in chapter 6 and verse 1 I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
God is high and lifted up, separated from sin and He’s perfect! And you know what? The devil’s not! Now, he knows a lot but he’s not all knowing. He’s powerful but he’s not all-powerful. The Bible says, ”Greater is He that is within us than he that’s in the world.” The devil’s in the world but he can’t be everywhere at the same time like God can. God is all knowing, all powerful and everywhere present. Only God possesses those characteristics.
Folks, God is Holy! Holiness is probably the most significant of all of God’s characteristics. God has a certain way of doing things? So do we, but the difference between the two is that God always operates from Holiness and righteousness and we don’t! That’s why He set standards for us. He doesn’t come down to our standards; we are to come up to His! You know why? Because He is our standard! You know what God’s standards are don’t you? Perfection and Holiness! Now, as sinners we’d be in big trouble if it weren’t for one person... the Lord Jesus!
When we trust Jesus we put on His righteousness and not our own because the Bible says in Isaiah 64:6 that “We are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is like a filthy rag.”
The Bible says without the Lord Jesus Christ in our lives, that’s the way our righteousness is, just like that filthy rag. But when Christ comes into our lives it’s not our righteousness God sees, it’s His Son’s! So we don’t have to worry about measuring up to God’s standards because we can’t. But Jesus can because He’s perfect and we depend on His righteousness because He is Holy!
The one true living God is Holy in His person. He’s set apart from all sin. He’s Holy in His principles. He always does the right thing, the right way and as a result, right things take place.
God used Moses to bring His people out of bondage. Remember what God told Moses when He spoke to Him from the burning bush? What did He say? He said, “Take off your shoes, for the ground on which you stand is Holy ground.” Do you know why it was Holy? Because God was there! Even the ground where God is….is Holy!
God speaks to those who call upon Him. He’s still the same today. He hasn’t changed. When we mess up and fail Him and we do many times...He doesn’t just pack up His bags and leave us in the dark. He said, “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.....how does He do that? Because He is Holy!
Love in Christ Jesus, Ronnie Miller www.themillersbiblestudy.com