God Is Holy (9 June)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Our Lord, no other gods
compare with you—
    Majestic and holy!
    Fearsome and glorious!
    Miracle worker!
 When you signalled
    with your right hand,
your enemies were swallowed
    deep into the earth.

 The people you rescued
were led by your powerful love
    to your holy place.
 Nations learned of this
    and trembled—
Philistines shook with horror.
 The leaders of Edom and of Moab
    were terrified.
Everyone in Canaan fainted,
     struck down by fear.
Our Lord, your powerful arm
    kept them still as a rock
until the people you rescued
for your very own
    had marched by.

 You will let your people settle
    on your chosen mountain,
where you built your home
    and your temple.
 Our Lord, you will rule forever

(Exodus 15.11-18)

Reflect:

Moses and the Israelites had crossed the Red Sea and experienced the miraculous delivery from their enemies. This victory song reveals both the love and holiness of God and his judgement against evil. Holiness and judgement stand together because whilst God is love, he is also serious about sin. It’s easy for us to think of God’s nature as angry and vengeful, but this is the action of a holy God towards evil and sin, not his character. Holiness, beauty and love are his essence.

Respond:

Reflect on this quote today:

‘Love, not anger, brought Jesus to the cross. Golgotha came as a result of God's great desire to forgive, not his reluctance. Jesus knew that by his vicarious suffering he could actually absorb all the evil of humanity and so heal it, forgive it, redeem it.’

(Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline)

Midday Meditation:

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.

(1 Peter 1.13-17)

Evening Reflection:

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

(Holy, Holy, Holy, Reginald Heber)

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