As a worship leader and a Music Minister, I’m always trying to keep in front of my own mind a Biblical pattern of worshipping God, and certainly, one of the passages that show it really clearly is the worship model in Isaiah, chapter six, where Isaiah sees the Lord, and it says this:
|1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”|
A couple of thoughts: What a powerful vision that the prophet Isaiah is having as he’s commissioned by Yahweh. Clearly Isaiah had never seen the Lord like this and I often hear very learned men say “let me tell you how to discover God”. You could have all of the wisdom of all of the libraries of all of the accumulated wisdom and it would fall short of discovering God.
I don’t think you can discover god with your intellect and is a good thing but we see here in a moment God revealing himself to Isaiah and the vision is overwhelming and then we see these figures that we don’t know a lot about these seraphim that have these six wings and to their flying into their shielding their eyes and with to they’re on their feet and their attitude is remarkable as they are surrounding the uncreated one thus holy God and they’re saying “Holy holy. Holy is the Lord God Almighty. The whole earth is full of his glory”
And then, in verse four, we pick up at the sound of their voices. So this is a big sound coming from these seraphim:
|At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.|
Wow, what a powerful scene we’re seeing. Now listen to Isaiah’s response.
|“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”|
This is a pattern for worship. Hope we see God and who he is Holy Holy Holy and then we understand who we are before God.
“Woe is me”. I’m a dead man. I’m standing before a holy God and I see myself as a sinful individual before this. Holy being and there’s this moment of repentance. I am a dead man.
“Woe is me.” Woe is me! I have seen the Lord God Almighty!
Then we go on and we see him verse 6:
|6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”|
“It’s atoned” for this, it is a picture of Christ. This is a picture of Christ coming into the life of a man and purifying him the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ making all-new, bringing to life, giving a new life, and creating a new creation before God.
It’s the specification that comes from Christ. Then Isaiah has to respond to what God says next and here it is in verse 8:
|Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”|
That is the way we want our Worship Services set up each time. We have a Corporate Worship of Almighty God. We need to understand who God is, who we are before a holy and perfect God and we need to repent and confess that we have fallen short and repent and turn towards the one who can give us new life: Jesus Christ.
Then we have a response to Christ to go and do as he has instructed us as He’s shown us to live. It’s a challenge to put together worship experiences like that.
I’m so glad I don’t have to do it with my own strength, we do it because the spirit of Christ dwells in us, and I’m so thankful for our team of worship leaders at Field Street and our choir and our band who give sacrificially each week after week too.
Prepare for the corporate Gathering of worship and we pray that we Behold The Glory of Christ.