High View of God

Whats your view of God?  Read Isaiah 6:1-7:

Isaiah’s Vision of the Lord

6:1 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. 2 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. 3 And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”

4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 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!”

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

Look at the words Isaiah uses in these passages.  Lord, high and lifted up, holy, holy, holy, LORD, full of his glory, foundations shook at his voice, and King.  Ponder on those descriptions of God for a little while.  My response to them are much like Isaiah, WOW, I am a man of unclean lips, intentions, and mind!

As we approach God in thought, reading, prayer, praise, and worship (individually and corporately) do we think like Isaiah? Or do we come with a haphazard and flippant view God during some or even all of these as if he bores us and something else is more important?

John Calvin once said of prayer, “Let us know, then, that none duly prepare themselves for prayer but those who are so impressed with the majesty of God that they engage in it free from all earthly cares and affections.”

Let us be so impressed with Him to have such a High View of God in our affections.

For further study
Holiness of God book by RC Sproul 
Holiness of God teaching series video by RC Sproul 


2 Responses to High View of God

  1. Daniel Ray says:

    Stephen, I really needed to read this today. It seems as if our affections are so tied up in what we think about ourselves, we simply become numb to the holiness of God. The endless cycle of self absorption strangles our heart and the life found in the gospel feels inaccessible. Yet, even in this type of suffocation and narcissistic death we all experience from time to time, Jesus Christ came to obliterate the root of all our idolatry to self and our “guilt is taken away, and our sin atoned for!” It is only when we believe the gospel our shackles of self absorption begin to fall off. “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
    the whole earth is full of his glory!” Thanks Bro!

  2. Niles says:

    Mahaney made a great statement in his book on humility: “Humility is honestly assessing our sinfulness in light of God’s holiness.” (I think that’s pretty close.)

    To the extent that we can ponder the holiness of our God in one direction – and digg out how deep our sin goes in the other direction, by God’s grace, that gap opens up a a humiliatingly glorious view of our Savior and God.

    I’ve got to think that Isaiah was just crushed, and yet the Savior makes atonement for him. I pray that as we both ponder God’s holiness and explore our sinfulness that we would be crushed by our sin and redeemed by Jesus.

    I get kinda stoked just thinking about it!

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