Holiness, God and God alone possesses it. God and God alone is holy. Holiness is His most Divine attribute. It is what sets God apart from all of His creation. It is what makes Him distinctly God. It is the power inherent in His presence.
It is safe to say holiness is God's most defining attribute. It embodies all that He is and all that He does. It is intricately woven into all His other attributes, and as such separates them from the carnal, the corrupt, and the mundane. If we think of His attributes as a crown of jewels, holiness would be the most brilliant of all the jewels in the crown, and we would see it reflected in the lustre of all the others. It is the outshining of holiness through each of the other jewels that provides the brilliance and purity of their color.
We cannot truly understand God apart from understanding His holiness. The place to start in knowing God is His holiness. Understanding His holiness is the springboard of the knowledge of God, it is the platform from which we must start. It is the platform for our understanding of all His other attributes, His actions, His motives; and is the backdrop against which we should view them.
The holiness of God is the least known, least understood, least appreciated, and therefore the least valued of all His attributes; but, yet, it is His most important attribute. God always acts in accordance with His holiness; and how often is that overlooked or misunderstood.
The foundation of our reverence for God is our understanding of His holiness. We revere (or fear) Him to the extent that we view Him as holy. We only understand the sinfulness of our sin in light of our understanding of His holiness. The issue of man's separation from God is due to the fact that He is holy and we are not, and it is God's requirement for man (Leviticus 11:44, I Peter 1:15-16, Psalm 5:4-7).
Oh, the abounding grace of God, that we would be made clean through the washing of water by the word, and clothed in the perfect righteousness of His Son. Though our sins are as scarlet, they shall be made white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool...all through the blood of the Lamb.
Father, show us your holiness, so that we will treat You as holy. Show us Your holiness so that we may properly revere You and Your name. Give us understanding, O Lord, so that we may appropriately order our lives. Teach us about Your holiness, O Lord, so that we may worship You as You and You alone deserve. Amen.