“𝗛𝗼𝗹𝘆, 𝗵𝗼𝗹𝘆, 𝗵𝗼𝗹𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗔𝗹𝗺𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘆; 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗲 𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗴𝗹𝗼𝗿𝘆.” 𝗜𝘀𝗮𝗶𝗮𝗵 𝟲:𝟯
Throughout biblical history, just a handful of people were given glimpses of God, and they all struggled to describe what happened. Perhaps the clearest record of such an encounter was recorded by the prophet Isaiah found in Isaiah 6.
Isaiah was no stranger to the presence of royalty. But nothing he had seen in Uzziah’s court prepared him for a glimpse of the heavenly court. This vision reveals a God whose symbols of royalty — His throne, His robe, are so large that they fill an entire room. A God so high and holy and almighty that even the heavenly beings dare not look Him in the eye, but cover their faces with their wings. They cover their feet as well, a gesture of humility and reverence. And the sounds of praise that emanated from the mouths of these heavenly creatures was so overwhelming, — before God’s presence, there was worship in Heaven. What a beautiful picture. What we do now is a foretaste of the worship that awaits us in Heaven.
Worship is not a church meeting, although it can occur there. Worship is not just the singing of religious songs, although music plays a vital role in worship. 𝙍𝙚𝙖𝙡 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙥 𝙤𝙘𝙘𝙪𝙧𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙬𝙚 𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙇𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙇𝙤𝙧𝙙, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙘𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙡𝙮. The prophet Isaiah was in the presence of The Lord and he responded accordingly.
Most of us are guilty of reducing God to a manageable size. Some have tried putting God in a box — thereby limiting Him to our preconceived notions of Who and What He is. We refer to God as “the man upstairs”. Well, the ancient Hebrews were so in awe of God’s holiness, they dared not write God’s sacred name. We have much to learn about approaching God with the reverence and honor due Him. We simply must remember that 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙇𝙤𝙧𝙙 𝙞𝙨 𝙥𝙪𝙧𝙚, 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙛𝙚𝙘𝙩, 𝙢𝙖𝙟𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘. 𝙃𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙮, 𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙮, 𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙮.
𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗳𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗼𝗻:
1. When was the last time you stood in awe of God?
2. When was the last time worship shook you to the very core of your being?
Heavenly Father, we adore as the holy, transcendent God. May our hearts truly revere You not just with our lips but with our lives. You are the God most worthy of all worship. Open our eyes to see Your majesty and let that glimpse of Your glory change and sanctify us. Amen.