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And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” – Isaiah 6:8
Isaiah could not leave God’s presence without a robust passion to serve God! Having a clear picture of God’s holiness and glory will propel us to serve Him passionately! Isaiah did not hesitate to respond to God’s question. He emphatically declared his presence and availability. How else could Isaiah respond? If he really believed what he saw – there really was no other choice. He saw the LORD as the KING and in AUTHORITY. We must do as the King beckons. Why? The King is worthy of our obedience.
Maybe as you read this passage you do not feel the same as Isaiah. The question for you must transition to “how do you see God?” Do you see him as Isaiah did…? (sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, filling the temple, HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, righteous, glorious, worthy of all the universe’s praise). Is it possible that you see yourself as the hero of the story? Have you placed the spotlight on yourself? Do you live your life as if God needs and depends upon you? The Bible does not tell us of any heroes, but instead, shouts the triumph of a Faithful, Holy and Loving God; who chose, empowered and redeemed men and women, for the sake of His Name and renown of His Glory.
Maybe you are not willing to respond like this to God because you see Him as a “friend with benefits”. Do you only want to worship God for the “blessings” He has given you? Do you only sing His praises when things are going your way? To seek the blessing more than the Blesser is idolatry. When we live for the praise of His name, above all, our reason for living becomes much clearer. Israel could not comprehend this truth. Almost all of the entire Old Testament is the story of how unfaithful God’s people were to His name. They repeatedly failed God by serving and worshiping other gods. They allowed the influence of the surrounding pagan nations to infiltrate and deceive them. Evil kings, who loved the gods of the land, more than the God of their Fathers, led Israel astray.
Once the praise of God begins it will forever change you! Look around you! You are not the only one or thing worshipping. The heavens declare the glory of God! This God is to be praised in all that He does and for all who He is. This God has no equal. How do you respond to Him? It all depends on how you see the “Light of His Glory”.