Praise to God for His Holiness!
Holiness in the Bible means “Separated-ness.” God is connected with God’s creation but still separate. God is Holy Others. There is a clear gap between the Creator and the created ones. We tremble in front of God when we face the Holy Other. The psalmist did not ignore the clear chasm when she praises God.
“The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples. Let them praise your great and awesome name. Holy is he! Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. Extol the Lord our God; worship at his footstool. Holy is he!
Worship is the appropriate response to this Holy God!
The best way to encounter God is to worship Him. Even though God emptied Himself and came down to us, there is the big gap that we cannot cross over. We can meet God only through God’s grace. Otherwise, we cannot even see him.
“Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called on his name. They cried to the Lord, and he answered them. He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; they kept his decrees, and the statutes that he gave them. O Lord our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings. Extol the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy.