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Psalm 99.1 and 103.7 – God’s holiness
Posted: 11 September 2014 in Psalms

The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

From what I read on various Christian forums, I get the impression that some Christians have become so used to hearing “God is love,” and little else, that they no longer have a sense of his transcendence, majesty and absolute holiness. Love is one of God’s attributes, but, if it is the only one ever heard of nowadays, it seems to me that there has been a serious imbalance in the Church’s preaching. Such a one sided view could never be extracted from any serious reading of the Bible.

It might be noticed that, in the second of the two verses quoted above, it is said that the recipients of God’s mercy will be those who fear him – i.e. those with an appropriate sense of his sovereignty, power and overwhelming majesty. To think of God as being a “jolly nice chap,” rather than as somebody who can only be revered, only rightly be approached in fear and trembling, and who, furthermore, is able to cast into hell, is little short of insolent.

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