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“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.”
Most likely, before Isaiah had a vision of the Lord high and lifted up, he probably felt pretty good about himself. He was the prophet of Israel and was already receiving heavy indictments from the Lord against his people. But then Isaiah said he had a vision of the Lord high and lifted up. Once he saw a vision of the Lord, he immediately felt as though his righteousness was severely lacking. In a broken way, he cried out to God and said, “Woe Is Me!” It was a sad and sorrowful admittance of his own personal spiritual condition.
Every year of my adult life, I’ve read this passage several times. This morning something ignited in me, and it was simply, “Oh To Be Woe’d Again!” So often, if we’re not careful, life is going pretty good, and the family is doing well, and you are blessed to have friends who love you. In the middle of all of this is a subtle word that comes to you and says, “You’re doing pretty good!” And you may be, and I may be, but here is the truth. Whenever in prayer, we are able to really see the Lord high and lifted up. I mean that we really see him in his majesty and glory and purity, there is no way in that moment that we can possibly stand up to that comparison. Because my friend, he is “ALTOGETHER LOVELY! And I AM NOT! And so this AM, with tears in my eyes, I say, “Oh, To Be Woe’d Again.”
I’ve prayed this here before, and I’ll pray it again. Oh, to be like thee, oh to be like thee. Blessed redeemer, pure as thou art. Come in thy sweetness. Come in thy fullness. Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart. Amen