Exaggeration is a large part of society today. We see it in advertising: “This is the best movie you will see all year.” Sports fans are inundated with proclamations that a certain player is “the best of all time.” Even the champions of our pro sports leagues are labeled “World Champions,” even though the Super Bowl winners rarely play against the New Zealand or Chilean football teams. Politicians are promoted as almost Messianic figures, rather than being merely egomaniacs with little substance.
It is easy for words to become almost meaningless when there is such an escalation of superlatives. In his amazing book, “Crazy Love,” Francis Chan addresses this issue in relation to praising and describing God.
To say that God is holy is to say that He is set apart, distinct from us. And because of His set apart-ness, there is no way we can ever fathom all of who He is. To the Jews, saying something three times demonstrated perfection, so to call God “Holy, Holy, Holy” is to say that He is perfectly set apart, with nothing and no one to compare Him to. That is what it means to be “holy.”
Many Spirit-filled authors have exhausted the thesaurus in order to describe God with the glory He deserves. His perfect holiness, by definition, assures us that our words can’t contain Him. Isn’t it a comfort to worship a God we cannot exaggerate?
There is nothing we can do to overstate God’s greatness. Words do not even come close.