God’s holiness so deeply impacted Isaiah he thought his life was over. In all likelihood, he recalled the words of God to Moses saying, “no man shall see Me and live” (Ex.33:20). Whether a vision or a view into the heavenly realm, we know Isaiah was never the same.
Speaking to the children of Israel who had spent the previous four decades in the wilderness, Moses encouraged them to welcome his startling rehearsal of their history like morning dew or a gentle rain that restores and invigorates.
Loudly repeating the word “holy” three times in deafening succession, seraphim emphatically express the absolute holiness of God. Whether a vision or a glimpse into unseen reality, one thing is certain—Isaiah was never the same.
God sees all! With His searching and piercing gaze, God scrutinizes the actions of men.
“Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea . . .”
I will awaken the dawn. I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to You among the nations. For Your mercy is great above the heavens, and Your truth reaches to the clouds.
Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the belt of Orion? Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; make His praise glorious. Say to God, How awesome are Your works!
Although man boasts about his acquired knowledge, power and wealth, the measure of success is superfluous to knowing and understanding God.
How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!
The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea.
You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power. For You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?
Praise the Lord . . . all peoples . . . praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven. Praise the Lord!”
Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness.
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling, He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth . . .
Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its going down, the Lord’s name is to be praised.
But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham My friend. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you,
You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away.
As pilgrims passed through the beauty of the Judean highlands, the hills were a visible reminder that the Guardian of Israel was none other than the Creator of heaven and earth.
Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.
Praise the Lord! The works of His hands are verity and justice; all His precepts are sure. They stand fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.