Summary: A sermon based on Isaiah 6:1-8 drawing lessons for us concerning worship.
A HUNGER FOR WORSHIP
INTRODUCTION: There is an old French proverb that says, "A good meal ought to begin with hunger." It is hard to enjoy a good meal when you are not hungry, but when you are starving anything tastes good! The same is true with worship. When we approach worship with a hunger for God, starving for a spiritual connection with Him we will always be fulfilled and satisfied. On the other hand, if we enter into worship with little or no appetite for God, then we will leave with having never tasted of Hs majesty and goodness. In Matthew 5 Jesus gives as one of the beatitudes, "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." This hunger is a need for God, a deep inner longing for Him. Isaiah had this hunger. His people were wicked; following their own desires and lusts. His King who had tried to turn the people back to God had died, and now Isaiah feels as though he is without hope and without help. This is the setting when he is given the experience of a lifetime, a vision of God and special opportunity at worship. READ TEXT This passage contains some great lessons for us concerning worship. This morning, let’s notice three.
I. WORSHIP IS BEING IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
A. There is some debate here as to whether Isaiah actually enters the Temple, or is caught up in a vision. Whatever the situation is the fact remains that Isaiah finds himself in the presence of God, and the scene that he beholds in enough to drive him to his knees.
1. Notice what he sees. He sees the sovereignty of God – seated on a throne exalted above all things. He sees the majesty of God – the tail of his robe filling the temple. He sees the glory of God – the temple filling with smoke.
2. This is the experience of a man who hungered for God, one who longed for God’s presence and God’s fellowship. In a time of despair, where he could have given up, joined the crowd, Isaiah sought God, and by so doing he found himself standing in His presence.
B. Folks, worship is about seeking and then being in God’s presence. It is not about how good the song selection is, or how well worded the opening prayer is, or even how inspiring the sermon is. It is all about being with God. It is about experiencing His sovereignty, His majesty, His glory.
1. And every time we gather together to do just that we are guaranteed that God is present. In fact, I know that as we sit here right now, because of the righteous hearts of some we are sitting in His presence.
2. "Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them." Matthew 18:20.
3. John 20:19, "Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you."
4. Revelation 1 we are given a great vision of Jesus standing in the midst of the churches clothed and serving as High Priest
II. WORSHIP IS CONFESSION IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD