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devotional: day 20

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REFLECT

Isaiah was worshipping God. The King, Uzziah, had died. There are times when circumstances lead believers to look up in worship to God, to call on His name. In the worship experience, Isaiah encountered and experienced God.

Today’s verse teaches that worship involves, among other things, verbal expression. As Isaiah experienced God, he could not hold back his praise. He had to say something.  He cried out in response saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts.” Isaiah uses the word “Holy” three times. Three in Scripture is the number of the Trinity—God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. “Holy” means “set apart, separated from anything sinful or evil.” Isaiah is expressing a reverential awe, a fear of almighty God. He realizes there is no one like Him. God is in a category all by Himself. In this worship experience, you hear the heavenly choir, the seraphim, the highest-ranking angel, express in the strongest possible way in the Hebrew language these words of worship.

The word “Glory” means, “heavy, weighty, something that has value, worth, meaning.” God has the ultimate worth and value.

“The Lord of hosts” means “Lord of the armies.” He is over all the armies of the world and the heavenly army of angels; and He is able to destroy any enemy. There is no part of this world in which God is not present, and there is nowhere in the world where He is not in absolute control. Praise Him for this right now!


Daily Do It

Tell God how much you love Him and what an awesome God He is.

Follow Isaiah’s example of personal holiness—confess any sin and seek God’s forgiveness.

Once Isaiah confessed and repented of his sin, and after he experience worship and adoration for the Lord, he surrendered and said to God, “Here am I, send me.” Will you say that to the Lord right now?  Will you pray, “Lord, no matter what, I will do it; no matter where, I will go; and no matter when, I will follow You”? Having a heart that is right with God puts you in a position of willingness to obey Him and go wherever He leads.


Quote of the Day

“Holiness is the perfection of all (God’s) other attributes. His power is holy power, His mercy is holy mercy, His wisdom is holy wisdom. It is His holiness more than any other attribute that makes Him worthy of our praise”

— Jerry Bridges