As we continue a quick look through Isaiah 6 let’s be reminded of the nature of this encounter. God is omnipresent so he is always there. We just can become so unaware of his presence that we don’t even acknowledge him in our daily lives. This was the case in Isaiah’s time too. Isaiah was going through his daily routine and then God showed up or rather made Isaiah aware of His presence.
Isaiah quickly changes his approach from haphazard to putting his focus where it needed to be, on God. He also was quick to realize the condition of his heart and look within. Today we will see a few more results of worship.
Worship is cleansing.
When Isaiah was confronted with his sin. He knew there was nothing he could do to take it away only God can do that. No amount of sacrifice on the altar or merit would earn his purification. Instead God caused an angel to bring a hot coal and cleanse Isaiah. God did the cleansing.
Just like Isaiah there is nothing we can do in our own strength to earn God’s forgiveness or live up to God’s holy righteous standard. Instead, we learn that it is only by grace through faith in Jesus’ death on the cross that we can be forgiven and cleansed. (Ephesians 2:8-10, John 3:16)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Worship is sending.
Isaiah knew that his people were in the same boat he was in. They were living their lives on their own terms and with no consideration of God in their lives. His life’s mission would be to warn of God’s judgement and announce the promise of the savior. God used this encounter to propel Isaiah’s ministry forward. He would go and he would be God’s prophet.
Worship should do the same for us. As we focus on what God has done it should cause us to want to tell others about what he has done for us. It should make our hearts hurt when we see others trying to love their life outside of God’s plan. Make it a point to tell others what God has done for you.