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Wholly Holy.

Revelation 19    Isaiah 5-6    Psalm 109:20-31

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts” (Isaiah 6:3). Three times. For emphasis. And it is this holy God alone who saves (Psalm 109), forgives, and cleanses (Isaiah 6) . . . And the Word of this holy God is faithful and true (Revelation 19:11) . . . And it is by that Word that God discerns the heart (see Hebrews 4:12), thereby exacting true and just judgments and achieving complete victory over all who stand against his righteousness and would make war against the saints (Revelation 19) . . . So it is that today’s readings make it abundantly clear that God is wholly holy. So. also, they emphasize that we are not.

“Woe is me! I am lost” (Isaiah 56:5). Who can stand possibly stand before the holy God? And who can save themselves? Isaiah knows he can’t. As does the psalmist (v.21,22,26,27). And the seer is so overwhelmed by the vision of the Lord God the Almighty, that he falls at the feet of the messenger (Revelation 19:10), who instructs him to “Worship God!” Together, these three give testimony to the truth: Apart from the loving action of God on our behalf, we are all lost! And act, God does . . .

“Because your steadfast love is good, deliver me” (Psalm 109:21). God “stands at the right hand of the needy” (v.31), not only delivering them from “those who would condemn them to death,” but also removing their personal guilt and blotting out their own sin (Isaiah 6:7). God is wholly holy and we are not. Yet, because God is also steadfast love, God takes action to bridge the gap and bring us into right relationship. It is God who does this, and we do well to join the psalmist, the prophet, and the seer in recognizing this . . . “you, O Lord, have done it” (Psalm 109:27). May you know that God is wholly holy and that he stands at the right hand of the needy. May you know that you need the Lord and his salvation. And may you receive God’s love and respond in worship with the words of Isaiah, “Here am I; send me!” Amen.

“With my mouth I will give
great thanks to the Lord;
I will praise him in the midst of the throng.
For he stands at the right hand
of the needy, to save them  . . .”
— Psalm 109:30,31


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