Stephen MurrayComment

Holy, Holy, Holy

Stephen MurrayComment
Holy, Holy, Holy
And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!
— Isaiah 6:3

I've always loved this vision Isaiah had of the Seraphim declaring and worshipping God in the throne room. These majestic creatures are said to be flying in the throne room covering themselves with their own wings as they cry out these words, "Holy, Holy, Holy." Let's take a minute and allow this vision to leave an impression on the way we live and relate with God.

1. The angels are testifying to one another of the glory and holiness of God.

These heavenly beings are continually set before Him beholding His glory and worth. But I want to bring attention to what this passage is really saying. This passage says they are singing to one another. They are declaring to each other night and day what they cannot bear to look at without covering their eyes. Verse 2 describes them covering their bodies with their wings to shield themselves from the glory emanating from God, the Father of lights.

Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.
— Psalm 139:12

As they cover their eyes from the brightness of God's glory, they shout out to everyone else around them, "ARE YOU SEEING THIS?! HOLY, HOLY, HOLY!" Everyone they are crying out to is seeing what they are seeing, but still they can't help but cry out with all they have to make it known.

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
— Psalm 103:1

2. The whole earth is full of His glory.

God desires for us to see that the whole earth is full of His glory. Most people will read this and see this as a future promise. But His glory isn't far off accumulating elsewhere. It has come and it is here and it is coming all at once. The earth is full His glory and overflowing with it. His is a glory that has gone unseen by the skeptic, unnoticed by the religious, and unheard of by the self-righteous.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
— John 1:14

In Jesus, we have been given the grace to behold the glory of God that has been present within every moment of eternity.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
— Romans 8:28

For every sin and pain and disappointment experienced in the world, God has compassionately purposed to bring redemption, healing, and justice through Jesus. Every event in the earth bears a distinct potential for God's goodness to be revealed, whether by its fruit or by its folly. God's glory is not just in the breakthrough, it is in the breaking. He lays in the pit with you. The Father of Lights is with you at your darkest. He is in the valley when you are there. His glory is in the process as much as it is in the promises.

May we learn from the Seraphim and may God continually give us grace to see and behold His glory in our best and in our mess. May every revelation we receive be matched with a bold testimony to those around us. And may we take the next opportunity we see His glory to scream, "ARE YOU SEEING THIS?!" that those around us might begin to see what we see.