Thursday, April 19, 2012

Floods and Holiness

 3The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves.
 4The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.
 5Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever. 

Floods and Holiness

What do floods have to do with holiness? Psalm 93 uses the mighty power of the water, demonstrated by the floods to point us to our Lord Whose house is filled with holiness.

Living in the Midwest, I thought flooding was a danger I would never need to confront, believing only those who lived near the seashore or in mountainous and hilly regions were in danger of angry, swollen flood waters. Then I experienced the floods of 1993, and I understood how wrong I was. In the face of turbulent flood waters, houses, cars, trees, and even concrete bridges were swept away as though they were twigs that one could snap with their fingers. As river after river and stream after stream were inundated with the rushing waters, each day became an adventure for my husband as he had to look for new ways to travel the 40 mile trip to and from work each day.

I learned a very valuable lesson. No one stands before the flood waters with arms outstretched and says, "Stop." No one, that is, except God. God stopped the rushing Jordan River and caused the water to pile up in a heap so that the Israelites could cross over on dry land. For, as we learn from the life of Jesus Christ, even the forces of nature obey His will. Indeed, the LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.

However, there is more! This same God, who stills the voices of nature, is holiness personified! His testimonies are sure and His very nature is the essence of all perfection. As a matter of fact, Revelations 4:8 tells us,
8And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. (Revelation 4:8, King James Version)
God is not just holy, He is holy, holy, holy. Here is a quote from R.C. Sproul about this verse.
“The Bible says that God is holy, holy, holy. Not that He is merely holy, or even holy, holy. He is holy, holy, holy. The Bible never says that God is love, love, love, or mercy, mercy, mercy, or wrath, wrath, wrath, or justice, justice, justice. It does say that He is holy, holy, holy, the whole earth is full of His glory." [R. C. Sproul, The Holiness of God (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1985), p. 40.]
In our sinful state we truly cannot comprehend this amazing God, who cannot even look upon sin. Without the shed blood of Christ, we would have no access to God. Christ's perfect blood literally covers our sin, so that God, instead of seeing our sin, sees the righteousness of Christ.

Let us then, take our eyes off the vanities of this world and focus on God, who is holy, holy, holy. Amazing though it be, through the blood of Christ we will live in eternity as holy beings, set apart to love and serve God forever. 

Amazing love, how can it be
That Thou my God, dids't die for me.

God Bless You,
Linda

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