And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”
The repetition of the word “Holy” three times is significant. In Hebrew, repeating a word three times is a way of emphasizing importance. So when the angels proclaim that God is “Holy, Holy, Holy,” they are emphasizing the utter perfection and purity of His nature. There is no one like God, and nothing compares to Him.
As we meditate on this verse, we are reminded of the greatness of our God. He is the Creator of the universe, and everything in it belongs to Him. He is completely separate from sin and evil, and His ways are perfect. He is worthy of all honor, glory, and praise.
But this verse also reminds us of our own sinfulness. When Isaiah saw the Lord, he was overwhelmed by his own unworthiness. He cried out, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” (Isaiah 6:5)
When we encounter the holiness of God, we become aware of our own sinfulness. We see that we fall short of His perfection, and we are humbled before Him. But the good news is that through Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven and made clean. When we confess our sins and ask for His forgiveness, He cleanses us and makes us holy.
So let us worship our holy God with reverence and awe. Let us acknowledge our own sinfulness and turn to Him for forgiveness. And let us live our lives in a way that brings glory to Him, knowing that the whole earth is full of His glory.
Lord, You alone are worthy to be praised. I trust in You only. Help me to become more holy.