Perspective of holiness: what is supposed to happen in worship?

Today’s reading:
Isaiah 6: 1 – 8

It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.  They were calling out to each other,

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!
The whole earth is filled with his glory!”

Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke.

Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”

Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”

I said, “Here I am. Send me.””  (NLT)

Extended reading:

Last week, we looked at what is worship – about it being all about God. And how God redeemed us by His blood and made us worthy to seek Him, worship Him. This week, I wanted to explore what happens in worship – in the Most Holy Place?

It is difficult to write about this because we cannot worship God based on what we read. It is something we need to experience – for ourselves. It is after all, about Him and Him alone. I just hope these writings will help you, challenge you to get closer – intimate with the Lord.

There are some pointers in the Word. Isaiah, the prophet experienced a very close encounter with God. Isaiah was in worship and he saw the glory of God. We get some idea about what is supposed to happen in worship from Isaiah’s experience. I got four experiences that Isaiah went through, that I have experienced myself in worship.

  1. In worship, we experience God’s holiness and His awesomeness.
    Verse 1 – 4 reads:”He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.  They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke.
  2. In worship, there is correction and (always) forgiveness.
    Verse 5 reads: “Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”“We always see how unworthy we are to be in God’s presence. We are so overwhelmed by His holiness and majesty, that we realize we could never stand in His presence without His Blood. Isaiah understood that and trembled. Even God knew. But God, Himself cleansed Isaiah. Verse 6, 7 reads: “Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”

    In worship, when you are overwhelmed by your sinful ways and life, never stop there. But cry out to Him. He is faithful to wash you in His blood and make you worthy to worship Him. Remember, His Blood is sufficient to wash us clean and make us righteous in His presence. Romans 3: 23 – 25: “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past.”

  3. In worship, we are humbled.
    If you look at the many lives that experienced God in the Bible, you will see one quality in all of them – they were humble. Moses, a man who walked and talked with God daily on a one-on-one basis, was a very humble person (Numbers 12:3). Even Jesus, though He was God, humbled himself in obedience and bore the cross for us (Philippians 2:8). That is our cue.

    When we look at His holiness & experience His forgiveness, we can’t help but humble ourselves in His presence. “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” (James 4: 10) When Isaiah saw the Lord in His glory, he was not proud of his achievement or credit himself for the honor. He realized that if it wasn’t for God’s grace and mercy, he is a dead man!

  4. In worship, we get God’s perspective.
    Isaiah 6: 8a reads: “Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”

    In the popular song ‘Hosanna’ by Brooke Fraser, the bridge reads:
    “Heal my heart and make it clean
    Open up my eyes to the things unseen
    Show me how to love like You have loved me
    Break my heart for what breaks Yours
    Everything I am for Your Kingdom’s cause
    As I walk from earth in – to eternity”
    In worship, we are moved by what moves Him. We hear His heart. We feel the Father’s love. We are overwhelmed by His grace. And we are challenged by His call. We are called to go further. We are urged to go closer. We are led. Led to reach out. Reach out to the lost in this world. Reach out to the seeking. To the hurting.

Isaiah responded. He said, “Here I am. Send me.” Isaiah’s response to a holy perspective.

The Holy Spirit guides us in different ways. He will overwhelm you with who He is and every time, the experience will be different. So be ready to be blown away.

Be ready to respond with a broken, humble heart. Be ready to respond, “Here I am Lord. Send me.”

What do I pray?

Lord, I thank You for Your presence. Help me experience You in a fresh new way. I am ready to be blown away. Overwhelmed by Your love. Prepare me, Lord to respond to You. Lord, help me to see what You have in store for me. Help me be in Your will and move in this world for You. In Jesus’ name.

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