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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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More Out OF Worship - Seeing Ourselves

"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; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty" (Isa.6:5).

The moralist and philosopher Plutarch is reputed to have said, "Know Thyself..." Not only did Isaiah survive his vision of God, but he then got a stark look at himself for who he was. The apostle Paul's version of Plutarch's statement said this; "But a man must examine himself..." (1 Cor.11:28). Self-knowledge is an important part of the process of becoming who God wants us to be. Isaiah saw God for who HE was, and then became aware of himself in stunning contrast to God. My mom would have said; "Oy!" We might step back and see that the writer used the term "unclean lips" instead of an "unclean heart.." Isaiah's words indicate something really serious. He was so overwhelmed by his guilt that he did not even ask God for forgiveness... Isaiah didn't conceive a situation where his condition could be salvaged. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because God does not forgive proud and arrogant people. We sometimes act as if we are really quite good folks, but mess up once in a while... If we are to get more out of worship, what we really need is to stand before a powerful God, and contemplate the difference between HIM and us... The immutable truth is this... God is God, and we are not! The fact that HE forgives us is outrageous... That HE does it continually is grace...

Have a wonderful day... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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