There is a verse that comes to my mind quite often, in Isaiah 6:1, “In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.” Isaiah saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, …but when did he see the Lord?
It was in the year that King Uzziah died. Times were peaceful and prosperous when King Uzziah was king, but when King Uzziah died, Isaiah saw the Lord.
The other story that I think of quite often is the story in the Bible about a poor widow, in Mark 12:41-44,
“Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites,… So He called His disciples to Him and said to them,
“Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”
I think of this poor widow, and we can only imagine the pain and suffering she might have endured, almost as if , her ‘ King Uzziah had died’,
but something was different in her. So much so, that Jesus pointed her out to his disciples – ‘she put in all she had, her whole livelihood. How could she trust in such a way as this? She had so little, and I am sure she had great need, but she put in all that she had, she gave all she had to the Lord.
She was different. I am thinking that she had ‘seen the Lord’ somehow. Perhaps she saw God at His mercy seat and in her poverty and poverty in spirit, she ‘saw the Lord’ there, and He opened up the kingdom of heaven to her, just as He did for Isaiah.
The Lord’s Presence must have ‘filled her temple’ . Perhaps she wasn’t even thinking of her poverty at that moment, and most likely she was thinking of all of her ‘riches’ in Him.
It is almost as if she had been ‘raised with Christ’ just like Isaiah had been when he had seen ‘the Lord and He was seated on His throne, high and lifted up, …’ She had probably had many, many prayers with God about her struggles and her loneliness, “Lord, I need You” ,”Lord, I can’t make it on my own” ,”Help me, Lord.”
something had taken place in her.
I see this woman worshiping the Lord in giving all that she had. This wasn’t her time for petition, this was her moment of worship. She was filled with the fullness of God and could now surrender.
“O God, that we could trust you in the same way as this poor widow who gave all she had. Apparently she saw You, and she heard You, and she knew you, so much so that her heart could give it all. And her life was now set apart and her whole being was an expression of worship, in her poverty of spirit.
Could our lives be an expression of worship? We ask that you would fill our temple with You.”
You saw all that was going on then, and You can see all that is going on now.
In Your presence is fullness, You only can satisfy. You alone are worthy of our praise.
So, perhaps our ‘Uzziah’ has died, and we prayed and we still pray ‘open my eyes Lord, that I might see, and help me hear Your truth, and Lord, open my mind that I could know You more, and
And He does a work in our hearts –
so we can love Him more and more even in our poverty and brokenness – and trust our lives to the Lord, to be an expression of worship, no matter what!
“We worship You Lord, with all that we are, today.”
‘Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Rom. 8:27,28)