Ps 99:8 The God-Who-Forgives; that is His Name/Character
Have you ever done a puzzle only to find a piece missing? The psalmist is essentially saying that our holiness is just like that. One missing piece or one broken piece ruins the whole picture. Without the “God-Who-Forgives,” piece, our puzzle is missing what is needed to present a beautiful picture with the title: Holiness. God has the missing piece because He is “The God who is holy” and the “God-who-Forgives.”
For example, the psalmist records that both Moses and Aaron were priests, and Samuel was a prayer warrior. However, all three had committed what we might call the “unforgivables.” They were missing the piece to be holy, so God disciplined them just as He does us! We might hold positions of authority, but if we sin, we are the same as any other individual. God desires purity of heart and actions because He is holy.
As a Bible study teacher, this verse always comes back to me: Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such, we will incur a stricter judgment. [James 3:1] Just like Moses, Aaron, and Samuel, we are called to a higher standard. We must be holy.
Is there a piece missing in your puzzle? Then, go to the God-Who-Forgives to get your puzzle completed.