Strange Comfort

Re:Verse reading–Psalm 22 (day two)
“But You are holy…” (Psalm 22:3). It’s a strange place to find comfort. We would have expected a suffering person to cry out to God who is merciful, just, compassionate, loving, near or powerful. But no. He says, “You are holy.” Holy? How can holy be a comfort? Consider for a moment what holy means. Its use in the Bible is to speak of that which is set apart, without defect, sinless, beautiful, clean, and perfectly alive. Rather than being an impossible notion that drives us apart from God, the whole story of the Bible is that the holy God gifts his holiness to his creation. Creation becomes holy because it has been touched by the Holy One. So when the psalmist seeks comfort in the holy God, he points us to an important insight. If we move toward the holy God, we get more than just his comfort. We get his mercy, justice, compassion, love, nearness and power. The holy God is perfect in all of these as well.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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