Going Deeper 2/27/2019

The Psalm for Epiphany 8...
Psalm 99   The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!  The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.  Let them praise your great and awesome name.  Holy is he!  Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.  Extol the Lord our God; worship at his footstool.  Holy is he!   Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called on his name.  They cried to the Lord, and he answered them.  He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; they kept his decrees, and the statutes that he gave them.  O Lord our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings.  Extol the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy.

Blaise Paschal wrote, "God made man in his own image and man returned the compliment."  It is important for us to recognize and express with the Psalmist: "Holy is he!"   When we think of holy we tend to think about purity or perhaps profound greatness.  And these are elements of holiness.  But another meaning is "set apart."  In other words, to call God "Holy" is is recognize that He is infinitely and superiorly different than us.

Humanity seems to be continually tempted to put God is a nice and tidy box in order to both understand and explain Him.  But in His "other-ness" God is beyond our ability to fully grasp... way beyond!  We do well to remember this and to fall at His feet in humble praise.  This ought to be part of our worship, to have a sense of awe as we consider the greatness and superiority of God.

And yet there is another paradox here.  God, in His love, has continually condescended to us.  He reveals Himself to us as our Abba/Father, as a caring Friend who desires to connect with us in love and grace.  In sending His Son, God came among us, powerful yet personal, different yet one of us, fully divine yet also fully human.

We do well to hold this in tension-- God is awesome, holy, and mighty, and God is our Abba/Daddy.  God is infinitely superior to us, yet God is one with us.  Let us worship and praise God, and let us grow in our very real relationship with God.

With You in Him,
Mark