January 14: Only a Holy God
I don’t know about you, but I feel a need for expressing and hearing a singular message this month, which is why I chose Only a Holy God as our Worship Song of the Month. The invitation of this song is simple: Come and worship the holy God.
In the first verse of “Only a Holy God” we worship God for his amazing sovereignty. Who else commands all the hosts of heaven? Who else could make every king bow down? Who else can whisper and darkness trembles? Only a holy God.
In the second verse, we praise him for his beauty. What other beauty demands such praises? What other splendor outshines the sun? What other majesty rules with justice? Only a holy God.
The third verse proclaims God’s power. What other glory consumes like fire? What other power can raise the dead? What other name remains undefeated? Only a holy God.
Finally, in the fourth verse, we see our failures in light of God’s sovereignty. We see our unworthiness in light of his beauty. And we see we can only worship such a powerful God—calling him “my” holy God—because he invites us. Who else could rescue me from my failing? Who else would offer his only Son? Who else invites me to call him Father? Only a holy God. Only my holy God.
When we sing “Only a Holy God,” we affirm that God alone is holy—always right and good—not me, not you, not any of our leaders or favorite spokespeople. We are reminded that God alone should be worshipped—put above all of our other principles and priorities.
The invitation to worship is for our gatherings on Sundays and for our daily lives: Come and worship the holy God.
For Reflection: Read 1 Chronicles 16:7-36. How are God’s attributes of sovereignty, beauty, power, and holiness celebrated in this passage? Worship him, and thank him for inviting you to worship him.