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A CALL TO HOLINESS

Psalm 101 is a psalm of David, the king of Israel who was a man after God’s own heart. What does this phrase mean? In part, it is explained by the words of this psalm. In each and every verse, David declares how he is going to live – how he will think, how he will manage his household, what he will look at, with whom he will associate, and so on.

Before all of that, David starts by saying he will sing praises to the Lord, sing of His love and justice. That is also where we need to start. If I try to do all the that I know I should do (or not do the things I should not do) on my own power, I am setting myself up for failure. Even the Apostle Paul had this problem when he speaks of not doing what he wants to do and doing what he hates (Romans 7:15-20).

Anyone who knows Jesus as his savior is a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). It is Christ in us who empowers us to live the way we ought to. But even though He is in us, it does not mean we will automatically live holy lives. We have to be in close communion with Him. We do that by praying in all situations, reading God’s Word, and meeting with other believers (even virtually) to be encouraged in our daily walk. Fortunately, we can do those things whether we are stuck in our homes or not. I encourage you to consider these things with me so we can all answer David’s call to holiness.

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GOD, OUR GOD

A global pandemic, with all of its accompanying social and economic disruption, is as good a time as any to review this essential facet of God's character: He is holy. When we lose sight of the dimensions and meanings of His holiness, Scripture rushes to our aid and supremely so in the Psalms. What does God's holiness mean?

  1. It means that He reigns unimpeachably over the entire earth. To grasp this is to be moved to praise and trembling.
  2. Combined with His global reign is His justice. God is class distinct or supremely unique, one of a kind—holy—because He alone reigns over all nations and He alone does so with perfect justice.
  3. Yet too, the holiness of God means that He reigns AND answers our prayer—just as He did for Moses and Aaron, and Samuel. He is not a king that is aloof and unapproachable.
  4. He answers our prayers but in His justice, does not overlook our sins. We have relationship and fellowship with Him but He is holy. Sin is no light matter. Although He answered the prayers of Moses and Aaron, he also disciplined them (Num. 20:12).
  5. And yet, best of all is that God's holiness, expressed in His justice filled global reign, culminates in this fact: He is our God (Psalm 99:9).

So in the midst of this pandemic we know and love a God who is holy. He orders global affairs, reigns over all nations and situations, will bring perfect justice no matter what's happening at present, hears us when we call, disciplines us for our good, and gives us the privilege of calling Him our God, forever.

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