“Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night, they never stop saying: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come (Revelation 4:8).”
While continuing through the study A Woman’s Heart God’s Dwelling Place Beth Moore shared a perspective on the Holy Place and Holy of Holies within the Tabernacle during video session #8.
As one enters into the Tabernacle, after offering his/her sacrifice on the altar and then being cleansed in the basin he or she would enter into the section of the Tabernacle where the lampstand, table of the Bread of Presence and the altar of incense would be; this section was called the Holy Place.
Behind the altar of incense was a curtain that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies or the Shekinah which is Hebrew for glory. The Shekinah was where the Presence of God hovered over the Mercy Seat or atonement cover of the Ark of the Covenant. When the priest would enter the Shekinah on the Day of Atonement he would first put a censor under the curtain which would fill the Shekinah with incense to protect him from the Holy Presence of God. He would also have a rope tied around his waist so that if he died while in the Shekinah the other priests could pull his body out. Pretty crazy I know, but only one priest was allowed into the Holy of Holies and only on one day, the Day of Atonement. It was a once in a lifetime experience for the priest; he would be allowed into the very presence of God.
Anyway, Beth shared that as we draw near to God we enter into the Holy Place and that when we are truly drawn into the intimate presence of God we enter into the Holy of Holies. But not until we enter into Heaven will we be able to be in the Holy, Holy, Holy. Even as I write, the idea brings tears to my eyes. My heart is full at the very idea that one day I will draw my last breath on earth and open my eyes in the very Presence of the Holy, Holy, Holy. Whew. No wonder the Old Testament has Selah written in between powerful verses in Psalms. Selah means rest or take a moment and ponder this thought. Selah fits here too.
While I was thinking about the Heavenly Presence of God I found the verse at the top of this entry and it struck me so hard that all throughout Heaven the four living creatures are saying “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” Over and over again, in reverence to the very LORD who created them and me, and you. As I read those words they washed over me and became the soundtrack of Heaven to me. As I write I still hear the words being spoken. Holy, Holy, Holy.
Someday we will all stand before our Holy God. Some of us sadly will only say He is Holy out of fear at His awesome presence. Others of us will join in with the living creatures in pure joy and reverence… for truly He is Holy, Holy, Holy.
Selah and Amen.