Responding to God's Holiness

Bill Bright

“Let everyone in the world fear the LORD, and let everyone stand in awe of Him” (Psalm 33:8).

If we could just grasp even a part of the magnificent holiness of God, then the whole earth would shake with people falling to the ground in worship and adoration of Him. Such a view would precipitate a healthy fear of God, which is the necessary starting point.

True knowledge of God's holiness always elicits a worshipful response from us. Moses fell to his face before the burning bush. Isaiah said, "Woe is me!" (Isaiah 6:5). We cannot stand in the presence of God without acknowledging His holiness and seeing our own sin.

Whenever I meditate on the holiness of God, I am impressed with how worthy He is of our worship. I want to become absorbed with His holiness, rather than with His might, His wisdom, or His other magnificent attributes.

As we meditate on God's supreme holiness, we cannot help but be overcome with a sense of awe. Music can help us express our awe for our Lord. Many of the Christian hymns capture the spirit of worship. I encourage you to select one of them, such as "Holy, Holy, Holy", or "Agnus Dei" and begin to worship God right now.

When we concentrate on God's holiness – His moral perfection and absolute purity – the only appropriate response is humble adoration, which is the basis for all worship.

Your View of God Really Matters ...

Read Isaiah 6:1-8 then put yourself in Isaiah's place as you hear or sing a song such as "Holy, Holy, Holy", or "Agnus Dei".

Because God is holy,
I will devote myself to Him in purity, worship, and service.

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