WHO IS LIKE UNTO THEE? GLORIOUS IN HOLINESS
Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? Exodus 15:11
Who is like unto Thee? Glorious in Holiness! You can talk about the infinitude of God and not feel yourself as a worm. But when you talk about the holiness of God, you have not only the problem of an intellectual grasp but also a sense of personal vileness, which is almost too much to bear.
Who is like unto thee, o Lord, among the gods? King of kings and Lord of lords! Who among the gods is like unto Thee in majesty and power? Who is like unto Thee in the ineffable purity of Thy nature? “Glorious in holiness!” Who is like unto Thee in the solemnity and sanctity of Thy worship, with fearful in praises! The gloriously holy God is alone worthy to be praised, but that praise ought to be offered with “reverence and godly fear.”
God is absolutely holy! There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. (1Samuel 2:2). God is so holy, that He cannot possibly approve of any evil done by another, but doth perfectly abhor it; it would not else be a glorious holiness. “He hath no pleasure in wickedness.” He doth not only love that which is just, but abhor with a perfect hatred all things contrary to the rule of righteousness. Holiness can no more approve of sin than it can commit it.
God is so holy, that He cannot but love holiness in others. Not that He owes anything to His creature, but from the unspeakable holiness of His nature, whence affections to all things that bear a resemblance to Him do flow; as light shoots out from the sun, or any glittering body. It is essential to the infinite righteousness of His nature, to love righteousness wherever He beholds it. For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright. (Psalm_11:7).
The holiness of God appears in our restoration. It is in the glass of the gospel we “behold the glory of the Lord” (2Corinthians_3:18); that is, the glory of the Lord, into whose image we are changed; but we are changed into nothing like the image of God but into holiness. We bore not upon us by creation, nor by regeneration, the image of any other perfection. We cannot be changed into His omnipotence, omniscience, etc., but into the image of His righteousness. This is the pleasing and glorious sight the gospel mirror darts in our eyes. The whole scene of redemption is nothing else but a discovery of judgment and righteousness.
The holiness of God is not blemished by His secret will to suffer sin to enter the world. God never willed sin by His will. It was never founded upon, or produced by any word of His, as the creation was. Nor doth He will it by His approving will; it is detestable to Him, nor ever can be otherwise.
Lord Jesus, make me sensitive to Your holiness. O Lord, that I might indeed be aware of my vileness and fall before You in humility and confession. And from my smitten heart with tears, two wonders I confess. The wonders of Your glorious love and my own worthless. Be merciful to me a sinner! Amen.