Today From Psalms

Holy

In Psalms 99 the word “holy” is used four times.

Verse 3 “Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.”

Verse 5 “Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.”

Verse 9 “Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.”

The word signifies that which is pure, most pure, and devoted.  The traditional understanding of “separated” is a derived meaning though not the primary.

Focusing on verse 3 we find that God’s name is holy.  A simple thought yet we often fail to appreciate the meaning of it.  God’s name is unique and different from all other names given to gods which men have imagined.

God’s name is Jehovah.  Though the word is used in the Bible before Moses, God tells us in Exodus 6:3: “I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.” Jehovah is the name of God associated with His covenant.  God gave it as His personal name.  To know someone by their personal name is different from knowing them by their title.  The personal name is for those in relationship.  I rejoice that we can know God personally and call Him Jehovah.

I will praise His great name as I “Exalt… the Lord… and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.”

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