ho·ly[hoh-lee] adjective, ho·li·er, ho·li·est.
The word "holy" is found 546 times in the Bible. Obviously it's an important word! there are several ways to that this adjective is used; it could be an entirely separate study on how we are to be holy like God:
But for this post, I would like to focus on the holiness of our God, specifically under definition #5 above: "entitled to worship or veneration (a feeling of awe, respect, reverence) as or as if sacred."
There are so many worship songs that explore this important attribute of God. A song that is in my hymnbook that I am absolutely in love with is called "Be Unto Your Name." I am so excited to share the lyrics with you....
Does that give anyone else chills?!?! :) The reality of how feeble we are and how awesome and powerful our God is is wonderfully portrayed in these lyrics! And then, the automatic response following this humbling realization is raise your hands and voice and say, "Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!" as if to say, "ONLY YOU ARE WORTHY, JESUS, ONLY YOU!" I still have chills, do you?!
I also love the line "Highest praises, honor, and glory." We give praise and honor to so many fickle things in our daily lives, and sometimes a friend, coworker, or spouse, does deserve some praise, honor, or respect, but the Highest praises go to the Almighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace!
As mentioned before, there are over 500 verses in the Bible with the word "holy" referenced. I love how so many of the verses don't just say, "Holy is the Lord," but rather they say, "Holy, HOLY, HOLY, is the Lord." Like one time isn't enough to express the holiness of God! Does that make you smile?