Many people interact with God as if He were their equal. They may not say it in those terms, but they think very little of Him or they treat Him with such indifference or irreverence that it’s true in their hearts.
But God has not revealed Himself to us as a peer. Not only is it that we are not equal with Him, but no one and nothing are equal with Him. In Hannah’s prayer, she declares,
There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.
Holy means set apart. There is no one as set apart as the LORD. There is none besides Him, no comparison. And there is no rock like our God. Rock often referred to deity, even the false gods of the other nations. And none were in the same league as God, even if they were real.
Why the three different statements? Hannah is using parallelism here, with all three statements supporting the main idea, strengthening it with each addition. The LORD is holy. Very holy. Very very holy.
What does His holiness imply for our lives? The next verse:
Talk no more so very proudly,
let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the LORD is a God of knowledge,
and by him actions are weighed.
While God gives us access to Himself through faith in Jesus, such access is not license to over-familiarity and arrogance. No, His holiness still demands a humility and awe before Him. As Steven Lawson says,
No one struts through the narrow gate, self-confident and erect, but enters humbled and bowed low.
May God’s holy, holy holiness cause our hearts to fear Him in love.