"Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness" (Psalm 30:4).
When we do remember God's holiness and then remember how the mighty seraphim in the heavenly temple are continually crying out "Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts" (Isaiah 6:3), and then further remember the prophet's prayer acknowledging to God that: "Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity" (Habakkuk 1:13), and then still further remember that, as Paul said: "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing" (Romans 7:18), we can only marvel at the infinite mercy and grace of God. He has not only forgiven our sins, saved our souls, and promised us eternal life, but "daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation" (Psalm 68:19). What can we do except to perpetually "sing unto the Lord, . . . and give thanks" as David exhorts us in our text for today.
But how can this be? A God who is too pure and holy even to "look on iniquity," yet promises unworthy creatures such as us that "goodness and mercy shall follow [us] all the days of |our lives|: and |we| will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever" (23:6). How can that be?
This could not be, of course, were it not for the incredible love of God in Christ, who "hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God" (I Peter 3:18). ". . . the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5). ". . . while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
Therefore: ". . . be ye thankful. . . . singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him" (Colossians 3:15-17). HMM