Thrice Holy (Revelation 4:8b)

Revelation 4:8b


and day and night they never cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,

who was and is and is to come!”


        The creatures around God’s throne are not static. No, they are in motion. They are active. Finally, John tells us what they are up to.


        Those four creatures in the center, around God’s throne, they have a job to do. Day and night, on and on, forever and ever, these four creatures never stop declaring the glory and majesty of God. Clearly, this is what they were created to do.


        When these creatures talk about God, they declare him to be “holy, holy, holy.” God’s holiness tells us that he is perfect, flawless, pure. It also tells us that he is set apart from us, different than us. We are imperfect. We are sinful. We are flawed. God is none of these things. He is as much greater than us as the sky is higher than the earth. This is the God we worship. And when they say that God is holy three times, they are exalting his holiness to the highest possible degree. It is as if they are writing down, “God is holy,” and then underlining it, highlighting it, and following it up with exclamation points.


        These creatures call God the Lord God Almighty. His power is limitless. They call him the one who was, who is, and who is to come. God is eternal. He has no beginning. He has no ending. He always is. We worship this eternal God.