Psalm 50:19-21

19 “You give your mouth free rein for evil,
    and your tongue frames deceit.
20 You sit and speak against your brother;
    you slander your own mother's son.
21 These things you have done, and I have been silent;
    you thought that  was one like yourself.
But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.

God is not like us, God is holy.

When you hear the word "holy" applied to God, you may life many people assume that means God is pure, perfect, and without wickedness. While those things are true of God that is not the primary meaning of "holy". The primary meaning of "holy" is "separate" and "a category to Himself".  In Isaiah 6:4 when we read that the angels are crying out "holy, holy, holy", before the Majesty on High, the Triune God. The angels are proclaiming that God is "other, other, other." The Triune God is in a category all by Himself. He is not like us. 

God is not like us as the Psalmist states in Psalm 50:21. The psalmist points at the error of the people, namely that they thought God was like them. This is an error to often repeated and is repeated in our time as well in the professing church.

God is not like us. He is infinitely majestic. All powerful. All wise. All knowing. All present, yet separate from His creation. He is perfect in all His attributes. He is perfectly love, just, righteous, faithful, merciful, and true.

Human beings made in God's image (Genesis 1:27) means at the creation of Adam we were to reflect back to God, in a limited finite way, those characteristics of His that are communicable namely love, faithfulness, justice, etc. When Adam fell all of Adam's seed, all humanity, now have a marred image of God. We do not reflect in a finite way God's attributes in the way we were originally designed to in the garden. That is why the end of salvation for the Christian is so profound. Romans 8:29-30 makes it clear that all those God predestined will be conformed to the image of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus who fully in His humanity expressed the image of God the Father perfectly. We, who trust in Christ alone, will someday shine forth the image of Christ without stain or sin, perfectly because of Christ's life, righteousness, death on the cross in our place, resurrection, and ascension. 

Now even in all this, even when that day comes, the Triune God is still not like us. Yes God the Son added humanity to save us and conform us to Himself. God the Son now shares our humanity, yet without sin, forever.  But the Triune God in His very essence is not ultimately like us, even in our perfected state. He is holy, holy, holy. 

Today realize that God is not like us. Fear Him, approach Him by faith in the Lord Jesus, and find the promise forgiveness and peace that only He gives to His people.