Boundless Holiness

“The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease.”  Lamentations 3:22

I just returned from vacation.   Unhindered by my schedule and the usual limitations of my life, everything seemed bigger, everything seemed more possible.  I felt this sense of the vastness of God.

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I visited redwoods that were taller than any trees in the world, and live to be 2,000 years old.

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I floated down a river that seemed to go on and on.

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I encountered one beauty of nature after another.

I felt a continuous flow, a welling up in my heart of love and goodness from God, a spring that never fails.

I have so many new thoughts I want to share, but for now, I am in wonderment at the boundless holiness of God.  “His mercies never cease.” God’s mercies are never exhausted, worn out, or depleted.  They never run their course and reach completion.

Here are some other verses that describe the limitless qualities of God:

“Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lam 3:32

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”  Deut 33:27

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;”  Ps 103:11

“For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.”  Ps 117:2

Look at what the wording of Ps 117:2 reveals — His love is great: Literally this means His love is “prevailing,” strong and mighty. It endures, above all else.  As it says in I Cor. 13:8, “Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.” 

Faithfulness: This can also be translated His “truth.”  The root word is “aman,” like amen.  God is true.  There is nothing false about Him.  He is solid.  He is real. He is dependable.  He is the one thing we can hold onto in this slippery world bound by entropy and filled with capricious individuals.

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“Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.”  Ps 96:9.  Because God is beautiful, I can live a life of beauty.  I can reflect His glory as I go through my days.

I can have a peace that passes understanding.

I can have spiritual fruit that reflect His abundance — more and more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness gentleness and self-control. “Against such things there is no law.”  Gal. 5:23

When I reside in God’s holiness, all things are possible. I am transformed.

May I not feel limited or constricted.  May I instead erupt in ceaseless praise to the God who manifests Himself in wonder after wonder, whose positive character qualities are without measure.

“May Yahweh, the God of Israel, be praised from everlasting to everlasting.”  I Chron 1:36

“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever.”  Ps 5:11

“Be thankful always.  Pray continuously.  Give thanks in all circumstances.”  I Thes 5:16-18

 

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