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13th July 2023

Holy, Holy, Holy

Isaiah through his heavenly vision introduces us to the phrase holy, holy, holy (Isaiah 6:3).
The seraphim in that vision show us the right & reverent response to God who is thrice holy.
That response is reverent awe, humble service & unending praise. SELAH
Isiah was cleansed & commissioned following the confession of his sin.
The Lord is ever seeking messengers to represent Him & make Him known upon this earth.
The next time we find holy, holy, holy mentioned is in Revelation 4:8 which will be our focus for today.

The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within.
And they do not rest day or night, saying:
“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!” Revelation 4:8

Here the Apostle John, caught up in a heavenly vision (like Isaiah), uses the same phrase holy, holy, holy.
In Hebrew, the threefold repetition relates to the superlative & draws attention to the infinite holiness of God.
Like Isaiah John gets a glimpse into the unceasing & adoring worship of heaven.
He sees 4 living creatures ceaselessly proclaiming holy, holy, holy through a hymn of endless praise.
These angelic beings are celebrating God’s holiness, majesty & power.
This is the first of several hymns sung by the heavenly choir in the book of Revelation.

John’s focus is upon the 4 living creatures caught up in adoring worship & endless praise.
Heaven’s worship is never ending & full of energy & creative verve. Note there is plenty of repetition!!
These living creatures are linked with Isiah seraphim & Ezekiel’s cherubim (Isaiah 6:3; Ezekiel 1:5-25, 10:1-22).
Their centrality & close proximity to the throne suggests an important role & function.
It is suggested they are instrumental in the heavenly worship & governance of God.
Undoubtedly, they are powerful & influential heavenly beings. We will think a little more about them tomorrow.

The focus & attention is truly upon the superlative holiness of the Lord.
The Lord who is, who was & who is to come. The Lord of history – past, present & future.
The only One who is worthy of worship. The Holy One of Israel enthroned as creator & redeemer.
What can we do but join in with the heavenly choir. Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord. Hallelujah!!

For Reflection

  • In what ways do I get caught up in adoring worship?
  • Do I recognise my call to be holy as He is holy?
  • Meditate upon the superlative holiness of the Lord.

A song related to this theme:


Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You are superlative in holiness,
The Holy One who calls your children to holiness.
Jesus thank you that that call comes through You,
That you cleanse & commission me through your atoning death & resurrection.
Holy Spirit keep me reverently & humbly serving the Lord,
May unending praise & worship flow through my life & lips.
In Jesus mighty Name.

Written by Gareth Jones

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