The Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him (Habakkuk 2:20).
The prophet Isaiah stood before the Lord, but it wasn’t a hand-clappingly fun experience. Note Isaiah’s words of dread:
Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts (Isaiah 6:5).
In the presence of the holy God, Isaiah wasn’t imagining if he should dance, be still, stand, or fall to his knees. He was convinced and ashamed of his sinfulness. He didn’t begin to measure up to the image and the stature of the King and Isaiah knew it and was horrified.
I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)
The Lord cleansed the young prophet’s sins, but his first response wasn’t a smiling, uplifting, emotional kick. The joy of sins forgiven was expressed in a solemn willingness to honor his Saviour with service.
Have you been in the presence of the Lord?