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Worship - Part 1, Response of Respect
Miles McPherson - January 22, 2012

Message Recap

When you live a life of worship, you dance to music people can’t hear, have wisdom that other people can’t know, and have access to power that people don’t understand. How do you have these opportunities? God!

Worship is a response of respect at the revelation of God. It is not necessarily singing, as we see from Biblical examples. Abel sacrificed animals to God out of respect (Genesis 4), Abraham gave a tithe as a part of his worship (Genesis 14), Moses removed his shoes in reverence to God (Exodus 3), and David danced before the Lord (2 Samuel 6). And as we see in today’s passage (Isaiah 6), the prophet Isaiah has a life-changing experience as God reveals Himself and calls Isaiah into ministry.

What will you do when God is revealed to you? Pastor Miles’ prayer for us is that we may be transformed, coming to a clear picture of who God is and how we should respond to Him, and that God would do something supernatural in our midst.

1. Worship happens when we clearly see the holiness of God.

Worship is a spontaneous response of respect that acknowledges God’s holiness. Just as we experience spontaneous awe when we see a beautiful sunset, seeing the grandeur of God evokes a spontaneous response of worship – we can’t help it!

Worship is a spontaneous response of respect that acknowledges God’s holiness.

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said:
“ Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”
And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. Isaiah 6:1-4

The degree to which you worship God is directly proportional to how you view Him. If you are not worshiping God with all your might, it is because you aren’t really seeing God! Maybe you think He’s not listening or you don’t really understand How majestic, holy, and righteous He actually is. If you can bring yourself to acknowledge His greatness, you won’t be able to hold back your worship.

2. Worship happens when we clearly see our sinfulness.

Worship is a spontaneous response of respect that acknowledges man’s sinfulness. Your worship experience will be directly proportionate to your view of your sinfulness in the eyes of God.

So I said:
“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

None of us is without sin, and if we see God for who He is and ourselves for who we are, our worship response is automatic. This doesn’t mean we will necessarily begin singing and dancing (although it could!) Just as we are all different in appearance and temperament, our methods of worshiping are naturally different.

3. Worship happens when we submit humbly to serve God from the heart.

Worship is a spontaneous response of respect that acknowledges a willingness to serve in humble submission. Your worship experience will be directly proportionate to your willingness to please God.

Also 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

Isaiah, having seen the splendor of God and felt the weight of his own sin, he now hears God’s command. His response is automatic—of course he will do what God asks! That is his spontaneous, worshipful response.

You will never know God’s blessing until you respond. Don’t wait for God to reveal His power to you. Take a step of faith first! Tell God today, “Here I am, send me.”


This 5-part series explores worship; what it is, who it’s for, and how it can reshape your walk with God. Today's message focuses on what causes worship in the first place.

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