1It 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. 2Attending 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. 3They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” 4Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke. 5Then 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.”
Isaiah 6 is one of my favorite “worship” passages in the Bible. There are two realities in the passage that absolutely jump off the page at me. I thought I would share them with you.
- GOD IS BIG – Think about the references in these 5 verses alone to God’s BIG-ness. He sits on a lofty throne. The train of His robe fills the temple. (That is one big robe). He has special created beings (seraphim) that attend Him. He is Holy, totally set apart from His creation. He is described as the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. The Earth is filled with His glory (By the way, that’s a lot of glory). Those that attended Him spoke and their voices shook the temple and filled the building with smoke. If they did this, just think about the voice of the One they are talking about!
- man is small – Isaiah said it is all over. I am doomed (other translations say undone, lost, etc.). He has filthy lips and the people he lives among do too. Lastly, he has seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. He saw the Lord and he shrunk. He pales in comparison.
If we are going to see God move in worship, we must understand and reorganize our lives around these realities. God does not share His glory with anyone (Isaiah 42:8, 48:11). GOD is GOD, and we are not. Today, church culture has been largely built around people and their preferences rather than God and His glory. We live in a world where man is delusional and believes in his own strength and might. Because of our sin we constantly fight the urge to see ourselves as big, and God as small. Is there room for God to be BIG in your life? Church? My life? I like to call the cross “The Ultimate Humbler.” When we look at the cross there is no room for pride. As we gaze at the cross it should immediately bring us to our knees. WE ARE THE REASON that Jesus had to die. We are the self-absorbed, self-righteous ones who Jesus came to redeem. He did no wrong. He came of His own choosing to rescue insignificant man. The Apostle Paul tells us that if we are going to glory in something, glory in the cross (Galatians 6:14). None of us have anything in ourselves to glory in. Everything we have or will have is a gift from God and there is no room for glorying in ourselves. We can, however, glory in our BIG GOD who humbled Himself to redeem us at the cross!
If we lead our people to anything, it should be that we have an all-powerful BIG GOD who rescues small people from their sins for His glory! Let GOD be BIG as you lead each week!