And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME.” Rev 4:8
One of my early memories of church was standing beside my mom. One of us would open the hymn book and inevitably it would be upside down. The other one would glance over and whisper, “Oh no, it’s a misprint” and we would both would giggle.
My favorite song was “Holy, Holy, Holy.” I’m not sure why. I loved the way the words looked on the page and sounded as we sang. We weren’t just saying God was holy once but three times – that seemed like something to take notice of. I also wondered if there were any connection to the homophone holey – holey socks, swiss cheese.
It is a big deal God is holy.
Revelation 4 shows that it is a big deal that God is holy. There are four creatures who stand around the throne of God day and night saying “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, The almighty, who was and who is and who is to come”
Then 24 elders upon hearing that fall down and say, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
God is indescribable by human minds
God is set apart, whole, entire, perfect, complete and free from sin. Revelation 4 doesn’t give us any description of God but describes the colors John sees when he looks at the throne – jasper, carnelian and a rainbow with the appearance of an emerald.” There are flashes of lightning and rumblings and pearls of thunder coming from the throne and what looked like a sea of glass, crystal.
John doesn’t seem to even have words to describe what God looks like. That gives me pause.
How often do I rush around my life thinking only about what I can see with my natural eyes? When I stop and think about that right now God -a God I can’t even begin to understand – possesses absolute authority over the universe. There are creatures around his throne who don’t rest day or night because they are saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy are you Lord God almighty.” I am humbled and in awe – God loves me and wants a relationship with me.
What does holiness mean to me?
A friend of mine said, “I thought of asking God to take me a little outside of the boundaries of time, that I might glimpse the world (and my problems) as He does. Then I thought, that’s kind of like asking to be Him, which is a no no.”
She is right. God’s holiness makes Him everything that we are not. He was, is and is to come. He is limitless. He always was and always will be. He is perfect in every way. Satan’s downfall was wanting to be God, so was Eve’s. I wonder if it isn’t ours as well? I wonder if every sin isn’t ultimately a statement of pride, of wanting to do things my way?
But Scripture encourages to be like Christ. 1 Peter 1:16 says, “Be ye holy for I am holy.” That perfection won’t be fully realized until we are united with Him and have new bodies. But while we are here on earth we can live each day in step with God, letting him work in and change us.
For me, understanding who God is makes me realize how much I am not like Him. I need His power to transform my life. I can trust Him. What an awesome God we serve. He has beings worshiping Him day and night and He still hears my prayers and helps, comforts and strengthens me each day.
What does God’s holiness mean to you?
Holy, Holy, Holy are you Lord God almighty, Who was and who is and who is to come. You are worthy, Oh Lord and God to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things and by your will, they were created and have their being.