All over the world, people search for something or someone to worship. Many ancient civilizations adopted a world-view that included bowing to sacred objects. The English word worship comes from an Old English word ‘worthship,’ which denotes worthiness of the one receiving adoration. It was in this reverent posture that Isaiah (prophet-poet) experienced God’s presence “I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne… attending him were mighty seraphim… they were calling out to each other, ‘Holy, Holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” (Isaiah 6:3) Mysterious and foundational at the same time, we notice Isaiah in church extolling Holy God. During devout praying, devotions, worship, and humility, Isaiah received God’s purpose for his life. That’s where I begin, anyway, and let’s dig a little deeper.
In actuality, God initiated a conversation with the Spirit, Jesus, and other angelic beings. God asked the heavenly host “Whom shall I send and who will go for Us?” Though the questions weren’t directed to Isaiah specifically, he answered. It’s like something inside Isaiah broke loose, bubbling over and out. Immediately, in a reflexive knee-jerk-like action “I’ll go. Send me!” Does this remind you of rag-tags playing backyard football (pick me, pick me, I can do it!)? You see, when we’re in God’s presence, reading the Word, praying, or holding Him in high esteem, we’re likely to hear His heart. In other words, He reveals where He’s working. Truth be told, He’s always cultivating, harvesting and wants to involve us in His plans. Jesus knew God continually travailed in the lives of others. That’s why He carried out the Father’s business (John 5:17).
That brings us to King David. Oh truly, a worshipping psalmist! He chased the Living God’s heart until he found it. David knew unless he stayed in the Lord’s presence; he was doomed. I can almost see Jesse’s son right now, singing, dancing, making music, and exalting the Holy One. Like our brother David, God investigates our lives because we’re His inheritance (Psalm 28:9). God knows everything: He knows us best and loves us most. So, consider this. We influence those around us, whether we realize it or not. God desires that our lifestyle represent and glorify Him, displaying love to everyone we meet. He delights in our affection, dependence, and dedication “Let my soul live that it may praise you” (Ps 119:175). How might we respect the Lord today? Or, every day, for that matter…in our homes, jobs, recreations, relationships, church-going etc.,