This week We conclude the sermon series “Let’s talk about worship”. Service led by David Casse. Preaching from Nathan Gordon.
We have arrived at the final sermon of our worship series and today we are looking at Isaiah’s vision of God and the angelic response to the majesty of God. As we have covered in recent weeks worship is solely based on the character and position of God as our creator and redeemer. Simply for who God is merits worship and adoration from His creation. However, as we worship and focus our attention on the Lord, we open the door for renewal and impartation in our lives.
“Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshiped”
Worship is more than just a catchy or familiar beat; worship is more than just a good time, but worship has the potential to impact our lives in a remarkable way. Although we do not worship to receive anything back from God, inevitably through worship God can reveal His plan and purpose for our lives. Through worship, God can give us direction and revelation for the days, months, and years ahead.
Isaiah’s experience and vision of God teach us that nothing in this world can come close to the presence and glory of God. What do you see and feel when you encounter God? Let’s learn from Isaiah’s experience as we consider the following points.
Recognise what needs to die – v1
In worship, we make room for God to move!
Is there anything in the way causing a blockage or distraction?
At a time of distress and mourning for Judah’s popular King Isaiah received a wonderful vision of God.
- King Uzziah reigned as King of Judah for 52 years from the age of 16.
- The majority of King Uzziah’s reign was successful as he stood firm against the Philistines and fortified the cities’ defence. (KU was very popular in Judah and the surrounding regions)
- Towards the latter part of His reign, he became prideful and arrogant, having no regard for the Mosaic law. (KU proceeded to burn incense on the altar in the sanctuary which was a priestly function only)
- God was not pleased with KU and stuck him with leprosy for the rest of his life
- After the death of KU and the latter part of his reign filled with disobedience was over, Isaiah saw the Lord, high and lifted up and the train of his robe filled the temple.
Challenge – Worship requires the decrease of Man and the Increase of God! Is there too much clutter in the way preventing undiluted worship of God? Let us make room for the Holy Spirit to have His way in our lives and the church.
Realise the need for repentance in worship – v5-7
- Isaiah recognised the severity of the moment; the presence of God was rich and powerful.
- As we encounter the presence of God, we realise our frailty and sinful nature.
- In worship conviction grips our hearts inspiring us to repent of our sins and turn to back to God
- Reverential fear in worship helps us to remain humble before God.
- For Isaiah, the live coal represented the mercy of God to atone for Isaiah’s sin, but for us today Jesus is our High Priest and mediator. (1 John 2:1)
Challenge – Through spirit-led worship we have the opportunity for change and growth. As we lay our sins and burdens at the feet of Jesus, He showers us with forgiveness, grace, mercy, and amazing grace.
Receive direction & Instruction in worship – v8
- Not only can we receive forgiveness through worship, but we can also receive direction for the journey ahead.
- Isaiah’s response is a perfect example for us – “Here am I Send me”.
- Isaiah would become the Lord’s prophet and one of the most eloquent of the Hebrew prophets.
- Isaiah would prophesy about the coming Messiah 700 years before His birth.
Challenge – As we encounter the living God we are often charged with action! To make a difference in the world, to share Christ with an unbeliever, to reach out to the broken-hearted. Worship causes a Holy awakening for Christian service as good soldiers ready for battle.
“‘A glimpse of God will save you. To gaze at Him will sanctify you.”
“As worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience. Holy obedience
saves worship from becoming an opiate, an escape from the pressing needs of modern
“Worship has been misunderstood as something that arises from a feeling which “comes upon you,” but it is vital that we understand that it is rooted in a conscious act of the will, to serve and obey the Lord Jesus Christ.”
- During the sermon, it was stressed that we need to make room for God to move in worship. What are some of the common distractions or hindrances that get in the way of authentic worship?
- Read Isaiah 6:3 – a) Where is it easy for you to see or encounter the Lord? B) Where is it hard for you? Discuss your reasons for both.
- How has the death of a national leader affected you or what have you observed of its effect on a nation?
- How does God’s sovereignty over the universe give us confidence, even in times of political, economic, and societal instability (like when King Uzziah died)?
- How would you describe worship and its impact on your life?
- Read Isiah 6:5 – Discuss why Isaiah showed an example of humility before God in his cry of repentance?