Holy Love (Sept 10)

holiness

Quote from Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson

September 10

Holy Love 

Today’s Scripture Readings:  Psalm 103:1-5  | Isaiah 6:1-7:25 | 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 | Proverbs 23:1-3 

Today’s Scripture Focus: Isaiah 6 & Psalm 103 

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” Isaiah 6:3 (NIV).

Understanding both God’s holiness and his loving goodness brings a balanced focus to our lives. Like Isaiah, we need a vision of the holiness of God. Like the psalmist, we also need to understand God’s heart of love towards his people. While they seem to be in stark contrast, they come together in a unity that brings balance to both.

In Isaiah’s vision, angels are awestruck by the holiness of God and continually cry out, “holy, holy, holy.” Isaiah too, is struck by the holiness of God. To get a true vision of God is to see Him in holiness—to be awestruck by the beauty of his holiness. 

To see and worship God in holiness brings to light our true condition. We become painfully aware of our weakness and sin. It leads us to confession and repentance that brings us to the joy of forgiveness and cleansing. 

Just like Isaiah, when we see and worship God in his holiness our whole life orientation and purpose changes. We are no longer living for ourselves, but for Him. We must give ourselves to him and to his call on our lives. We cry out with Isaiah, “Here am I, send me”. 

To see and worship God in his holiness puts us in the place to really hear and communicate with God. It opens our blinded eyes and hearts to truth (9-10). 

The Psalmist reminds us in Psalm 103:1-5 of the benefits of loving and serving God. While he is transcendently holy, he is also loving, gracious and benevolent. He desires to reach out to us in our need. He is gracious and compassionate and brings forgiveness and healing to his children. He redeems us from the pit and crowns us with love and compassion. He even satisfies our desires for good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 

God is holy, perfectly holy. God is love, unfailing steadfast love. Understanding the first truth (his holiness) makes the second truth (his love) even more amazing.

Holy, Loving Father, we worship you with the angels crying out “Holy, Holy, Holy.” We also stand in awe of your steadfast love. You are great and worthy of praise. Help me to live this day amazed by your holiness and your love. Amen.

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About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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