Encounter. Conviction. Cleansing. Commission. Last Thursday night, our community gathered for a powerful 5-hour extended worship session, and God used these words through the first eight verses of Isaiah 6 to lead it.
As a few key leaders prayed into the planning of this worship session, God spoke to them to follow the lead of Isaiah. We began with the first four verses as they highlight who God is, and as a base encountered God:
“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory. At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.”
Through this first portion of the night, we were led in worship by Melissa with songs like “Holy is the Lord” and “Oh, Lord, You’re Beautiful”. It is an incredible principle to begin worship simply gazing at the face of God and who He is!
After this first portion of the night, we continued reading through Isaiah, as Natalie led us in worship and in a time of receiving conviction from the Holy Spirit.
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”
The Holy Spirit was so evident in the room that night as various staff and students sought one another out to receive forgiveness for different areas of conviction. Conviction requires a moderate dose of humility, and in my experience, humility always brings incredible unity. This time was such a great time of unity for our base!
We continued in Isaiah as we entered the third portion of the night – cleansing. Reflecting on the beautiful redemptive power of the Cross, we were led in worship by Jeff with songs like “Nothing but the Blood” and “Mighty to Save”.
“Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
As the final portion of our night began, we read verse eight and commissioned various outreach teams, departments and future ministries.
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? ?And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Jaso led us through songs like “God of Justice” and “Hosanna” as we came together declaring the call of God to go into the world for His name. We finished the night by praying for the various outreach teams that are heading out in a couple weeks as well as all of our departments on base.
As a whole, the night was so powerful. What was planned to be a 3-hour worship session continued into a 5-hour worship session that probably could have lasted even longer. It is amazing how God works when we are available and unified as a body of Christ! I am so thankful to live and serve with such incredible people for a God I love!