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We now continue our devotional series on the two-fold calling (to salvation and to service) of Isaiah.  Remember in this series we will be looking to learn more about the One who is calling Isaiah, along with the nature of the calls and an examination of the submission to these calls by Isaiah…

Isaiah 6:1b – In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord… high and lifted up, …

In our previous lesson we saw that the Lord’s authority over all was revealed and emphasized to us  in this vision by Jehovah being given the title “Lord” (Adonai) and also by Him being seen sitting on a throne.

In our devotion today, we see a related, but different, truth.  Here, we find the Lord described as being ”high and lifted up”.  What is meant by this phrase?

  1. “High” – If we study this word in the Hebrew language we find that it is describing the Lord’s superiority over all things.  It is a word that describes the Lord’s POSITION over all that exists.  A part of this term explains He holds a position of authority over all (just as we saw yesterday).  But this word goes much further.  It is saying that in EVERY WAY He is supreme.  His wisdom, His strength, His love, His grace, His kindness, His existence, His justice, as well as His authority… any attribute He possesses excels over any attribute that any creature that exists may possess.  He is the Supreme One in every way.  This is the meaning of “High”.
  2. “Lifted Up” – This term is describes the RESULT of His supremacy over all. Because He is supreme we are obligated to to exalt Him ( to hold Him up) in the eyes of others.  We have the responsibility to tell others of His supremacy through our actions and words.  He is to be glorified and honored by all of us.  He is to be lifted up by His creation… He is to be honored, glorified and exalted for being who He is. This is the idea behind the term “lifted up”.

Many times we have a tendency to exalt Him for WHAT HE DOES FOR US.  Out of a heart of love and appreciation we desire to lift Him up to those around us.  There is nothing wrong with this.  However, our desire to exalt Him should not end with this.  It should also be motivated in another way…

We should desire to exalt Him for WHO HE IS.  We should “put Him on high” simply because He is far greater than anyone of us.  Do we ever take the time to stop and think about Who He is?    Do we ever praise Him for being eternal?  Do we ever stop and tell someone about Him simply because He is All-knowing?  Do we exalt Him in our actions because we know that He is just and righteous in all He does?

He must be “lifted up” because He is “high”!

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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8 Comments

  1. Lyn Leahz says:

    All living things live to praise the Lord; as a tree and even down to the blades of the grass grow upward toward the light, stretching forth their arms in praise for their awesome creator!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hi Lyn,

      Isn’t it amazing that all of nature praises God automatically, with one exception… fallen mankind. OUr creation does praise Him but out actions, words, and thoughts fall far short of giving Him the glory He deserves. This is simply another way we can see mankind’s sinfulness on display. Lord bless you. Thanks for your comments.

  2. granbee says:

    As we lift HIM up, we are uplifted!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      It as amazing isn’t it? Teh more we praise and honor Him, the more invigorated and strengthened we become… what a blessing as we serve Him. Thanks for the comments. Lord bless.

  3. Challenging!
    He IS high and lifted up. That is fact.

    It is our responsibility to “lift Him up”. That is also fact – but are we always obedient?
    Do we miss opportunities?

    >> “Do we ever stop and tell someone about Him simply because He is All-knowing? Do we exalt Him in our actions because we know that He is just and righteous in all He does?”

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Angela, The older I get the more amazed I become that my flesh continually stand in the wayu of my service to Him. Although He deserves to be lifted up, I never perfectly fulfill this responsibility…. there is always much more that can be said and done for His glory. Lord bless you!

  4. Debbie says:

    Thank you for this gentle reminder to lift Him up today, just because He is great and greatly to be praised! God bless you as you take us through Isaiah, looking at our High and Holy One!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hi Deb,

      What a wonderful blessing it is to be used by God to lift Him high for all to see, understand and come to for salvation and peace. Lord bless.

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