Leading your People to Sing of God’s Holiness
May 31, 2016, 2:43 PM
Holiness is an attribute of God that can be hard to communicate to people. A lot of people would just file this under “always does the right thing” and call it a day. But the truth of God’s Holiness is so much larger than that, overwhelmingly so. Here’s some explanation that I gave recently that can go well for these themes. Typical songs on this topic would be I See the Lord, Holy, Lift up the Name, Holy Holy Holy, etc. Any thematically appropriate song could use this type of intro, though:
After years of serving the Lord, the Prophet Isaiah was in for a shock one day. In Isaiah chapter 6, the prophet speaks about a vision he had of the Lord. In this vision, Isaiah caught a glimpse of the holiness of God. When Isaiah saw God’s utter holiness, his mind instantly turned to his utter unholiness. In pain, he cries out, “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” (Isaiah 6:5)
When Isaiah saw the cleanliness and the spotlessness of God, he was undone. He quickly came to the realization of his blackened heart and total depravity. The very man who was God’s main prophet, and likely thought of as the most holy man alive, stood ashamed of his sin at the moment he came into contact with the holiness of God.
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Isaiah 6:1
When this passage was written, Kings wore elaborate robes to display their military strength and to show the expanse of their authority and influence. After a king defeated another army in battle, he would cut off a portion of the defeated Kings robe and have it sewn onto the train of his own robe. So, the longer a kings robe was, the more victorious the king had been in battle and the more authority and influence he possessed.
When Isaiah caught a glimpse of the majesty of God, the train of His robe was not just long, but it FILLED the temple with glory.
God has been totally victorious in every battle in all of eternity past. The train of His robe was enormous…bigger than any train Isaiah had ever seen. God is undefeatable. He holds influence and authority over every power and every nation. When the Psalmist says that God reigns in majesty, it means that He reigns in a level of victory that has never been seen before because He has power that is unmatched in this world.
God reigns in majesty and He reigns in power.