The Glory of The Lord by Virgil Stripes
Isaiah 6:1-13 (ESV)
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.” 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.” And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy,and blind their eyes;lest they see with their eyes,and hear with their ears,and understand with their hearts,and turn and be healed.” Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said:“Until cities lie waste without inhabitant,and houses without people,and the land is a desolate waste, and the LORD removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again,like a terebinth or an oak,whose stump remains when it is felled.”The holy seed is its stump.
I think sometimes we who are redeemed think we are best friends with God and we lose our sense of AWE! We perhaps lose our sense of fear. It is not that we should be afraid of God because He will wipe us out, but we should have a healthy fear, because not only could He, but when we consider what we deserve, perhaps He should wipe us out. We live by the Grace of God.
When the three disciples, Peter, James, and John, went up on the mountain with Jesus and saw Him transfigured, the Scriptures say that He glowed like the sun, and his clothing became white as light. It would have to be humbling and frightening to see that. Yet Jesus called His disciples friends. I am certain the glory that was revealed that day to His disciples was still only a taste of what heaven will be like. We, although purified, are still guilty of selfishness (at least I am - maybe you aren't) and other sins. Fortunately, I am redeemed. I don't have to worry about God wiping me out.
I can't wait to see God face to face, and yet, at the same time, I know that like the prophet Isaiah I will know my unworthiness. The difference is that because of the blood of Jesus, I am made clean. Isaiah was purified by a coal from the altar under the throne, we are purified by the sacrifice of the Lamb of God.
When we do get there, I can imagine that I will fall on my face, and worship. I can't wait. The Scriptures say that the Seraphim continually sing God's praises. “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;the whole earth is full of his glory!”
Maybe at that time, I will be able to sing on key? So we should rejoice in God, but we need to remember, that regardless of how good we are, in God's presence, we would be in trouble, were it not for the Blood of the Lamb! Thank YOU, Jesus!