Here at RiverLakes, we believe in singing the story that God has written us into. We are meant to sing. In fact, our fervent worship ought to be something that causes the unbeliever to want to investigate the reality of who God is (1 Corinthians 14:22-25)! When we sing, we are telling the story of the Gospel at work; we are telling each other of God’s worthiness to be praised; we are singing to our Heavenly Father because of who He is and all He has done.
When we sing, we should tell the FULL story.
Isaiah 6:1-8 gives us the liturgical structure that we employ in our weekly services:
Isaiah's Vision of the Lord
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”
And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “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!”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
Isaiah's Commission from the Lord
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
From this passage we draw the following five movements:
We should be in the habit of training ourselves to sing together on Sunday the story of our redemption for the edification of the redeemed, the glory of God, and witness to the lost.