Summary: The Seraphim give us an example of how things are done in heaven and how we might worship God on earth.
Jesus said to pray, "Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven," (Matthew 6:10). In this, He taught us that we can know how to go about things on earth by looking to the examples set in heaven! Isaiah tells of his vision of the seraphim worshiping God in heaven and tells us about it. (READ TEXT) The Seraphim's example shows that Real Worship is characterized by reverence (v. 2).
When I revere a person or thing, I attach to them sacred significance. "Reverence is demonstrating that we attach sacred significance to a person or thing." When applied to gathering with God's people in God's house to worship Him, it means demonstrating that we attach sacred significance to what we're doing. How? Let's see what we learn from the example of the seraphim. We show our reverence for worship:
1. By our attitude - "with two wings they covered their faces"
In covering their faces, the seraphim show that they approach the throne of God with an attitude of humility. They recognize that theirs is an awesome privilege - surrounding the throne of God and continually giving Him praise!
Oh, how we need to recapture an attitude toward the worship services of our church that reflects an awareness of the wonderful privilege that is our! It is not a gathering on the same level as gathering at the ball park or the movie theater, or some other public place. When we come together with God's people in God's house, we are gathered together before God's throne!
"Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe." - Psalm 5:7 (NLT)
Indeed, as indicated by the Psalmist, one practical way my attitude toward worship is revealed is by my attendance.
"Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer." - Hebrews 10:25 (CEV)
"On the most elementary level, you do not have to go to church to be a Christian. You do not have to go home to be married either. But in both cases if you do not, you will have a very poor relationship." - Kent Hughes
American Christians talk of having freedom to worship God. But the government doesn't give us this freedom. It's God, who's provided us in Christ with forgiveness and the freedom to approach His throne. Let me ask, if you lived in a country where it's illegal to worship Christ, would you do so anyway? If you had to walk several miles to attend a worship service, would you? How spoiled we American Christians are! It's led to the sin of taking the privilege of public worship for granted.
We can also show our reverence for worship:
2. By our attire - "with two they covered their feet"
Dr. Page Kelly, in the Broadman Bible Commentary points out that the phrase, "covering their feet" is a euphemism referring to modesty. This illustrates how we show reverence for worship by the way we dress for worship. At this point, I think it might be helpful to understand the history of dressing for church. You may be surprised to learn that dressing formally for worship does not come from the New Testament. In fact, it is a fairly recent practice.