July 1, 2009
“Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because 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!” Isaiah 6:5 (Amplified Bible)
Friend To Friend
Have you ever been ‘undone’ before the LORD? Have you shaken your head in awe at the mere thought of being accepted as holy in His sight? The prophet Isaiah experienced God, in all of His splendor, through a vision that left him flat-out speechless.
“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above Him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of His glory."
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. "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." (Isaiah 6:1-5)
I shudder to think how often I approach this awesome, powerful, holy LORD without the reverence that is due Him. I confess that every fiber of my being should fall before Him and shout, “I am undone!” so much more than I actually do. Isaiah’s response takes us to the place we should be…face down before our holy, royal, heavenly King.
As a worship leader, I often find myself torn between feeling called and feeling unworthy of the call. The fact of the matter is – I am unworthy of the call. I screw up on a regular basis. I battle enemies like selfishness, anger, indifference, and pride. I struggle to honor my husband at times and wrestle with shame and guilt more than I’d care to admit. BUT GOD, through His only Son Jesus Christ, made a way for me to be holy and acceptable in His sight.
With the weight of this in mind, I was inspired to write the following worship song: (Adonai is a Hebrew name for God meaning “Master, Lord, LORD, or owner.”)
Words and Music by Gwen Smith
You are God
You are the One deserving praise
You are the Lord of all my days
You are the royal King of Kings
The only reason we can sing
You rule in splendor from your throne
Within Your grace our hope is known
You are the God who reigns on high
You are holy, holy
You are worthy, worthy, worthy, worthy!
©2007 Audio 31 Music / Sunday Best Music / ASCAP / CCLI #4574314
(If you would like to hear and worship along with Gwen’s song “Holy Adonai,” CLICK HERE)
My dear friend, I can’t help but join the heavenly creatures as I shout from my home in North Carolina to you across the globe: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory." As you read this devotion in Maine, Florida, Texas, Idaho, California, Indiana, Brazil, Guatemala, Germany, India, Uganda, Croatia, Australia, China or Norway. In whatever city, whatever state, whatever country you reside, would you join heaven’s song and lift the name of the LORD high today as a united body of sisters? Let us be ‘undone’ together and bow before our King with a renewed awe of His greatness. He is worthy!
Most Holy Father, Adonai, I pray that You would forgive me for all the times that I have come into Your presence lacking reverence. You are worthy of all praise! May You become greater in my life and may I become less. Empower me to live a life that points to your glorious splendor.
In the matchless name of my risen Savior Jesus Christ,
Now It’s Your Turn
Read Psalm 103
Take a few moments to hum or sing a favorite worship song that focuses on awesomeness of God. (Here are some suggestions: “I Exalt Thee” – “Heart of Worship” – “How Great Is Our God” – “How Great Thou Art” – “Fairest Lord Jesus” – “Doxology”)
Do you feel unworthy to approach God’s throne this morning? His love is unconditional and His grace extends beyond anything you have done because of Jesus. He is waiting with open arms to embrace you right now. Go to Him!
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