Meditation Monday is where I share my thoughts and reflections from the sermons at my home church, Watson Chapel Baptist Church, Pastor Todd Howard. This week Meditation Monday is on Tuesday due to a youth Super Bowl Party and a busy day at work. On Sunday evening we had a guest speaker Bro. Sonny Simpson. To be honest, I text my Pastor earlier in the day mentioning it was a bad idea to have a guest speaker on Super Bowl Sunday, boy was I wrong.
Bro. Sonny preached from Isaiah 64:1,
Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains might quake at your presence
Don’t Forget The “Oh”
Bro. Sonny pointed out not to skip the “oh”. The “Oh” at the beginning of this passage helps us see and feel the burden Isaiah was feeling. His groan was for God to come and revive the hearts of Israel. This groan from Isaiah helps us feel the burden Isaiah was feeling. Isaiah was feeling the gap sin was causing between God and His people. Sin had distanced the people from God so much, His judgement was coming and Isaiah knew it, felt it and prayed. So many times we talk about our world and how we are so desperately in need of God, but I wonder do we feel it like Isaiah does? Is the burden so large in our hearts that are prayers become groans?
Invade Us With Your Presence
Isaiah’s prayer continues by asking God to break open the skies and visit His people once again. When Isaiah breathes this prayer, my mind immediately goes to Isaiah 6. In Isaiah 6, we read about Isaiah’s vision of the Holiness of God. This vision rocks his world and exposes the sinfulness in him and the culture around. If we could interview Isaiah now, I am pretty sure he would say, “on that day God broke open the skies and came down.” In a very real sense Isaiah is praying for God to show up like He did with him. Bro. Sonny said,
There is a difference between knowing the omnipresence of God and experiencing the manifestation of God’s presence… The missing element in our churches is the manifestation of His presence.
God make the manifestation of your presence a real element in our churches. When God manifests Himself the mountains of sin in your life will shake and crumble in His presence. When God manifests himself, the fruit of repentance will be seen. We see this happen to Isaiah,
“Woe is me!For I am lost; for 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!” (Isa. 6:5)
Isaiah sinfulness crumbles before the manifestation of God’s presence and leads to repentance and a yearning to be holy, different and changed. You know what, God changed Isaiah and He can change you.
Another reality when God’s manifest presence comes, is we begin to see the destruction of the sinfulness around us. Isaiah seen it in chapter 6 when He cries out, “I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips.” The manifestation of God’s presence brought about an internal change, the fruit of repentance and a pursuit of holiness. But the manifestation of God’s presence also brought an external focus, Isaiah began to be concerned for the sinfulness of others. He was burdened for God to change the lives of others.
God doesn’t come down to change your life so you can live in a vacuum. The manifestation of God’s presence is contagious. We can learn much from Isaiah, Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence