Kingdom citizens long to see God’s glory influence our homes, communities, even our nation and the world. We offer a hearty “amen” to the words of the psalmist Solomon when he said, “Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!” (Psalm 72:19).
This becomes more and more of a reality as we relate to the King—knowing Him, ever growing deeper toward an abiding relationship with Him, seeing Him touch and transform our lives “from one degree of glory to another” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The prophet Isaiah’s encounter with the King of kings in all of His glory helps us to better see how the glory of God affects a life and has a far-reaching influence. This exercise will help you see God’s glory afresh.
Read Isaiah 6:1-8 below. As you do, make note of key words and phrases that reflect upon God’s glory, and then answer the questions below.
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. 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 few. And one called 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 shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 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!”
Then one of the seraphim few to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said:
“Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
What does this passage tell us about the following?
Who God Is
What God Does
The Hope We Have
- How did God relate to Isaiah and Isaiah relate to God? How does God relate to people today?
- As God reveals His glory, He enables us to glorify Him and reflect His glory to people around us. Consider how God used faithful Isaiah, who said, “Here I am! Send me.” How have you seen God working similarly in your life, ever moving you “from one degree of glory to another” (2 Corinthians 3:18)?
- Reverently, prayerfully, read through Isaiah 6:1-8 once again. What is God’s Spirit saying to your spirit? How would you express your heartfelt response in prayer?