Isaiah 6 … Consider Him in His Rightful Place

In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple, (6:1).

I didn’t know how to begin, reading of Him seated on His throne. So many thoughts, so many questions; and so many conflicting feelings in attempting to consider what is beyond anyone’s ability to fathom.

I do not reside in a monarchy, but I will never forget watching the wedding of the century on television. In 1981, Lady Diana married Prince Charles wearing a wedding dress that included a 25-foot train, the longest in history. Because Lady Diana was technically a commoner at the time of her wedding, the train of her gown would conspicuously declare her new standing as a royal princess.

In Isaiah’s day, the train of a king’s robe symbolized his splendor, majesty and authority. The longer the train, the more gloriously powerful the king.

Isaiah, whose ministry transpired under the reign four kings of Judah, was accustomed to interaction with kings. But never had he seen The King, The Lord of Hosts.

“Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts,”
(6:5).

And the sight ruined him. This Hebrew word ruined, means “to cease, to cause to cease, to be silent, to destroy.”

Isaiah was stopped, silenced, on the brink of destruction at the sight of The King, The Lord of Hosts, Whose glorious train not only filled the temple, but the whole earth.

“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.”
(6:3).

So Glorious and so Majestic in His Regal Splendor. But that is not what stopped Isaiah. It was His Holiness; so Holy that even the angels could not look upon His face.

Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew, (6:2).

Let us pray before we even begin to consider Him in His Rightful Place

Lord, we can’t even begin to contemplate the magnitude of Your Majesty, Your Glory, Your Splendor, Your Power, and Your Holiness. Please, open our eyes as we attempt to catch just a glimpse of Your Greatness, as we consider You in Your Rightful Place.

Consider Him in His Rightful Place

In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said,

“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.”

And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Then I said,

“Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”

Isaiah saw Him is in His Rightful Place, seated on His throne; lifted high and exalted in His power; filling the temple with His glory; worthy of all worship, for He alone is Holy, Holy, Holy; shaking the foundations with just His voice. And Isaiah was undone; and rightly so. And then perhaps the most unimaginable of all, in light of all that He is, He extended His incomprehensible mercy and forgiveness.

How do we respond to Him in His Rightful Place?

The scene Isaiah described should absolutely take our breath away with both wondrous praise and gripping fear.

And it should also stop us right where we are, leaving us with one question.

Does He have His Rightful Place in our lives?

  • Is He seated in His Rightful Place on the throne of our heart?
    • but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts… (1 Peter 3:15).
  • Does He have His Rightful Place in our lives, lifted high and exalted in His glorious power?
    • so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience… (Colossians 1:10-11).
  • Does He have His Rightful Place in our body that is filled with His Spirit of glory?
    • Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
  • Does He have His Rightful Place in our worship that is offered in holy reverence and awe?
    • Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship, (Romans 12:1).
  • Does His Word have His Rightful Place in our lives, that we listen and tremble in obedience at His voice?
    • For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do, (Hebrews 4:12-13).
  • Does He have His Rightful Place, seated on the throne of our heart, lifted high and exalted in our lives, filling our temple with the glory of His Spirit, receiving the worship due His Holiness, shaking our foundations with just His voice, so like Isaiah we too are undone and humbled to become the recipients of the most unimaginable of all, and receive His incomprehensible mercy and forgiveness?
    • Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you, (James 4:8-10).

Oh Lord, we thank You for the privilege of seeing You in Your Rightful Place in Your Holy Word. Lord, please grow us in Your Truth that we would come to see You have Your Rightful Place in every part of our lives.

I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You,”
(Psalm 16:2).

Let’s Grow Together!

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