It’s so easy to find the wrong in everyone else. It’s human nature to play the blame game, and it all started back in the garden. When confronted about his nakedness and the breaking of God’s command, Adam blamed his newly created wife, Eve. The first home began to dissolve. There was “trouble in paradise” as the old saying goes. Eve, in turn, blamed the serpent. And while there’s no account stating that the serpent charged God foolishly, we know that his initial fall from heaven was due to his prideful exaltation, against the person and character of God. Lucifer was lifted up in his heart, he began to reflect upon his own beauty, rather than upon the beauty of holiness of the one who created him. This failure to properly cast God’s nature in the most sacred of lights, is exactly what will lead to our greatest downfall. When we lose sight of who God is, we forget who we are.
It was the prophet Isaiah who saw the Lord, “high and lifted up.” It would do us well to remember that God has never descended from His rightful place on the throne. Indeed He remains King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. When viewing the angelic beings, crying with loud voice, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, is the Lord,” Isaiah’s personal reflection changed from that of earlier chapters….”woe unto them, woe unto them,” to “Woe is me, for I am undone.” Basking in the light of God’s perfect character, Isaiah saw himself as nothing. He counted himself worthy of nothing as a sinner before the throne. Yet everytime a sinner, broken and contrite before God stands, pardon and forgiveness are found! He did not account any personal work worthy of God’s righteousness. His declaration was personal, and pertinent, “Woe is me!” It was God who sent the angel, with tongs and a coal from off the altar, to purge his sin and take away his iniquity.
The prayer of David in this chapter is no different. It’s in earnest, not a prayer on the behalf of, or for the account of anyone else. It isn’t the prayer of the Pharisee who, “stood and prayed thus with himself.” For when we pray in such a manner, it’s just us and the ceiling. When we cast our judgment upon some unworthy, sinful soul, we too must remember that the Judge of all the earth will do right. For we must all give account of ourselves before God. So everyday, let us start by praying in earnest for God to search us through His Spirit. Let us not use vain repetitions, but speak in sincerity and truth. “For the Father seeketh such to worship Him.”