by Jeff A. Jenkins
“When you worship there is a difference between communion with God and commenting on communion with God.”
Those words were recently penned by John Piper. Our worship is about communion with God. If the comments that are made at the table help us focus our hearts and minds on God, we have worshiped correctly.
Those of us who comment on communion must be certain that our words cause everyone, including ourselves to be transported to a higher plane. In our busy world, we desperately need times when we are drawn into the presence of the Lord.
In Revelation 4, when the hosts of heaven are gathered around the throne, they cry out, “Holy, Holy, Holy…” Have you ever wondered why this attribute of the Lord is singled out above all other attributes?
They could have spoken of the Lord’s omniscience, omnipotence, or omnipresence. They could have spoken of the Sovereignty of God, the Immutability of God, or the Eternal nature of God. Yet, the host of Heaven shouted out exalting the Holiness of God.
Holiness speaks of God’s transcendence, his utter separation from all the works of his hands, a summation of all that God is. He is perfect in all his ways, in all his words, and in all his works. It is my conviction that those who are crying out before the Lord are speaking of the superlative nature of the holiness of God.
The thought is that our Lord is Holy, Holier, Holiest. He is the Holiest being in all the universe. That a Holy, separate God would allow us into his presence is an awesome thought. He does so on the basis of his grace. He does so because of the death of his Son.
It is because of Christ that we can draw near to him. “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
by Jeff A. Jenkins