Listen During Worship

1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above Him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of Him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” ~ Isaiah 6:1-7

Isaiah was before the throne of Almighty God unclean and lost, so fear fell upon him. When he cried out in fear, one of the Seraphim stopped his worship so that Isaiah could worship in the presence of God. I want you to notice that the Seraphim had been worshipping in the presence of God long before Isaiah showed up. He had been worshipping for so long that he knew the heart of God. God didn’t tell him to go and get the coal and touch Isaiah’s lips. God didn’t order or command him to stop worshipping to help Isaiah. That Seraph had been in the presence of God so long that he knew the heart of God. He knew the desire of God was to dwell with mankind, so he stopped his worship to help Isaiah enter into the presence of God. After this, Isaiah received his call.

So many of us are so busy worshipping God, or we get so caught up in ministry that we stop listening to the heart of God. We don’t notice those who are struggling to worship. Maybe they smell a little like alcohol or like smoke, but they’re trying to worship. Maybe they have their head down, afraid to even look up to heaven because they’re ashamed of their past. So many times, we look down on those types of people instead of being like that one Seraph who stopped his own worship and his own edification so that he could put someone else’s needs above his own. We miss our responsibility as mature Christians to help those struggling to enter the presence of God. We have to worship, but we also have to listen, or that worship will become void because we aren’t changing, and neither is anyone else around us. So, let us worship by helping someone else worship.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Listen During Worship.

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