How Genuine Worship Changes Lives

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When we encounter the Almighty in a real, personal way, we are forever changed by the encounter.

No matter how subtle the experience, we are nudged in one direction or another anytime we come face-to-face with the Creator.

Isaiah 6:1-10 NLT

[1] It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. [2] Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. [3] 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!” [4] Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke. [5] Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” [6] Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. [7] He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.” [8] Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” [9] And he said, “Yes, go, and say to this people, ‘Listen carefully, but do not understand. Watch closely, but learn nothing.’ [10] Harden the hearts of these people. Plug their ears and shut their eyes. That way, they will not see with their eyes, nor hear with their ears, nor understand with their hearts and turn to me for healing.”

Isaiah was recording a vision of the Almighty, lifted high and above him in a place of receiving praise. And how did this make a difference in his life? How do these experiences make a difference in our lives?

1. Real worship changes my upward focus: I have a new vision of God. (vs. 1-4)

My new vision includes God’s authority. My respect for God’s authority grows as I see God on the throne of my own life!

My new vision includes God’s holiness. The Hebrew Bible repeats words for greater emphasis. Here is the only word the Hebrew Bible repeats three times concerning God: holy, holy, holy!

My new vision includes God’s power. The whole earth trembles at the sound of His voice! The worlds were created and will be destroyed at the sound of His voice!

My new vision includes God’s glory. His purpose is to be glorified to the ends of the earth!

2. Real worship changes my inward focus: I have a new reality concerning self. (vs. 5-7)

First, all pride is removed!

  • I claim responsibility for my sin. “I am unclean.” Even the sins of my nation begin with me!
  • I depend on God for some kind of atonement or some kind of being made right by his loving sacrifice.

The emphasis is on the “altar.” The greatest altar in history was the final one at Calvary where Jesus gave His life, His blood, His dignity, where Jesus died to take away the sin of the world!

3. Real worship changes my outward focus: I have a new burden for my world. (vs. 8-10)

God becomes my Master, I desire to serve Him!

People become my passion, I desire to make a difference!

The world is desperate for a spirit-filled servant of God to say, “Here am I: send me!”

God’s plan and desire is to bring salvation to an elect people! There are people who will be saved! God has sent us with the gospel and He says, “Most people will reject this message, but some will believe! I have a remnant! I have a Savior!”


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