Friday, July 12 2019
“Why should I adore God?” “Why is God worthy of worship?” “Why should I worship someone who demands that I worship Him?” Each of these questions makes presuppositions about God. Many people speak of God as those He is another faulty person. What they do not recognize is that God by definition is the maximally eternal Being and Creator of the universe. As far as the existence of morality, God is the lawgiver because He is the definer of right and wrong. He is the standard by His own unique nature — His holiness. Throughout these articles on holiness, God’s holiness challenges all to know who He is.
The more that we know God then the more we come to adore, honor, and worship God. God is holy, holy, holy according to the prophet Isaiah (Isa 6:3). Isaiah observed, “But the Lord of hosts is exalted in justice, and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness” (Isa 5:16). Isaiah described God as the One who is high and lifted inhabiting eternity as His name is holy (Isa 57:15).
The reaction to God’s glory, majesty, and holiness is worship. Christians admire God for how abundantly good and amazingly powerful that He is. In the Book of Revelation, God’s martyrs worshiped God declaring, “Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed” (Rev 15:4). The fear of God is the beginning of knowledge (Prov 1:7).
The Bible reveals God’s nature as uniquely set apart from all creation. God is Spirit (John 4:24). In the beginning, God’s Spirit hovered over the face of the waters of the earth in the beginning of the Creation (Gen 1:2). David taught that nothing could escape God’s Spirit (Ps 139:7).
No one should think that they can fully understand God or think that they can physically observe God who is the Creator of the universe. For this reason, believers greatly admire God. The faithful are amazed at the attributes of God in creation. God's greatness and holiness humble and yet comforts believers. God is able to comfort. He is the God of all comfort (2 Cor 1:3). God declared, "I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite" (Isa 57:15).
God desires to help humanity who have separated from Him by sin (Isa 59:1–3). As God shows Himself holy in righteousness, God’s word is perfect (Ps 19:7; cf. Isa 5:16). The apostle Paul observed, “The law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good” (Rom 7:12). Sin came alive by the law, deceived, and produced death (Rom 7:9–11; cf. 3:19–20). God’s law is holy and reveals sin (Rom 7:13–14). However, God demonstrated His own righteousness in Jesus Christ to justify believers by His gift of grace (Rom 3:19–26).
From the beginning, humanity needed a Savior and Rescuer from sin (Rom 5). God’s holiness demonstrates His righteousness, justice, mercy, and grace (cf. Isa 5:16). Worship God for He is holy. “For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed” (Rev 15:4).