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12/12/2008

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Getting The Most Out Of Worship II


"In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and high"(Isaiah 6:1).

Instead of using a scripture verse to start the devotional yesterday, I used the words of the Twila Paris hymn, "He Is Exalted." I finished with the prophet Isaiah in the temple worshipping. Something happened there that changed his life forever. What was it? "I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and high." That's what it was! Isaiah saw the Lord for Who He really was (is). LOFTY and HIGH!

When we worship, do we see God that way? You know in the Old Testament, "seeing God" was not exactly a comforting experience. Jacob said, "I have seen God face to face and my life is preserved" (Gen. 32:30). To Moses, the children of Israel exclaimed, "You speak with us and we will hear, but don't let God speak with us, lest we die"(Ex. 20:19). The Lord Himself said to Moses, "You cannot see my face, for no man shall see me and live" (Ex. 33:20). Imagine the raw terror of Isaiah....seeing what humans dare not see....could any man survive such an experience?

Several philosophers are credited with the maxim, "know thyself" The apostle put it this way; "But let a man examine himself" (1 Cor. 11:28). Isaiah met himself here, up close and personally. Self knowledge is an important part of becoming who God wants us to be. Isaiah saw God for who HE WAS, and became aware of humanity in a stunning contrast. GOD WAS GOD.....HE WAS NOT!

After all of this, Isaiah saw that he had no other choice...."Who shall I send? Who will go?" asked the Lord....."Here I am...send me." (V.8)

Now, what does this have to do with getting the most out of worship? Sometimes we may be guilty of seeing worship as a giant "production." You know... some songs....a couple of prayers and scripture readings....a sermon....the Lord's Supper and the giving....All neatly wrapped up with a song and a prayer.(all good things by the way).. Isaiah that day saw God and himself in stark contrast. He saw God as exalted and high and it changed him forever. When worshippers change like this, true worship will take care of itself.

Have a wonderful day....Make a difference....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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