Reflection: The word “holy” is used three times in this verse in order to emphasise the totality of God’s holiness. There is a hint here, surely, of the Holy Trinity. The Father is holy (Mt. 6:9, Jn. 17:11), the Son is holy (Lk. 1:35, Ac. 4:27, 30), the Spirit is holy (Ac. 2:4, Rom. 1:4).
What is the significance of this for humankind? I can do no better than to quote A.W Tozer: “Holy is the way God is. To be holy He does not conform to a standard. He is that standard. … God has made holiness the moral condition necessary to the health of his universe.”
Question: How often do you dwell on the holy nature of God?
Prayer: Father, you are the measure of all things. Your holiness is absolute, and it is reflected in the myriad glories of creation. Help me to keep those thoughts uppermost in my mind. Amen.