In the year that King Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. (Isaiah 6:1-3, KJV)
Chapter 6 of Isaiah is most often thought of in relation to Isaiah’s calling to be a prophet to God’s people in Judah, at the time of their captivity. In verse 8 Isaiah wrote, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Hear am I; send me.” But the preface of Isaiah’s calling was a vision of God in all of His glory.
The text reveals that the setting was in God’s temple. The people of Judah would take this to mean that Isaiah was in the temple at Jerusalem, but his vision was of the God of glory. In his vision, Isaiah entered the presence of God in His actual dwelling, not in the temple, which was only a copy. The declarations of the seraphs make two important points. The glory of God stresses the necessity for worship and His glory fills His creation.
To have any kind of true concept of God, a person must arrive at some awareness of His glory. God is “other than” us. We are His creation. It is only by His grace that we are able to know Him, and relate to Him. He has revealed Himself to us in His word. He reaches out to us in the persons of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, yet remains eternally the One True God of all. He is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, sovereign and immortal. Nothing escapes His attention. He commands the fate of nations. He controls the future. He judges people according to their actions.
At the same time He is compassionate, loving, forgiving and desires an intimate relationship with His creation. This is a part of God’s “weight”. This is a part of His glory. Out of a reverent fear of the Lord, and out of gratitude for His grace, the only proper response to God is worship.
The Bible reveals the existence of multiple dimensions within God’s creation. There is at least the physical realm and the spiritual realm. They are very different from each other, but closely tied together. Everything about God’s creation, even what is unseen, is filled with His glory. The fact that God is the creator, from our perspective, divulges His glory.
In Romans 1:18-20, Paul writes, For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be know of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.
The concept presented is that when we observe God’s creation, recognizing Him as the creator, we see His glory. David contemplated the wonders of life and our own existence when he wrote in Psalm 139:13, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” We gaze into the night sky and consider the infinite vastness of the universe, a part of God’s creation, and we are in awe. Beyond all that we can see, beyond all that we could hope or imagine, beyond our wildest imaginations as to what might be, is our God who created it all. Give Him glory.