What is True Worship? — Part 2

The next step in worship is seeing God for who He really is —  we realize that we are sinners and need a change in our lives. Isaiah 6: 5-7

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.”

During worship, we see a reflection of who God is, and because of that we who we really are (sinners in need of cleansing). None of us are perfect and we need to be transformed and to deepen our relationship with God.  Isaiah was confronted with this standing in the throne room the Almighty.  When Isaiah saw God’s holiness reflected on his life, he realized that he was a sinner and so were those people he served.  When he saw that he realized that without God’s cleansing, he was doomed.  He also realized the need of the people to be cleansed.

It is hard to think of ourselves as being sinners.  It is hard to think of our own mortality.  It is also hard to think about our need for change.  Yesterday, we commemorated Ash Wednesday.  During Mosaic last night, we touched on the topic of our sinfulness.  At the end of the service, Dale asked the students who would like to be forgiven of their sins.  Several raised their hands.  It was a powerful moment.  When Isaiah’s lips were cleansed in the temple – it was a powerful moment – it was the beginning of a change.  When we are worshiping in spirit and in truth, change happens.

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