Isaiah 6:1-7; Nehemiah 8:1-12 (ESV)

Isaiah 6:1-7

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.

Nehemiah 8:1-12

Ezra Reads the Law

And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the LORD had commanded Israel. So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. And Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform that they had made for the purpose. And beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand, and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam on his left hand. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground. Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, helped the people to understand the Law, while the people remained in their places. They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly,[b] and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.

This Day Is Holy

And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.” And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.

My “song of the weekend” was “Holy Is the Lord” by Chris Tomlin.  It was played on Friday night at the Unikoi High School Core Leadership retreat at Uncle Tony Firth’s house in Huntington Beach.  When the Word was presented to us from Nehemiah 8:1-12, I noticed Nehemiah 8:10 said the joy of the Lord is the Israelites’ strength.  It was something I had never noticed before and I thought was really cool!  I never realized that part of that song may have come from Nehemiah.  I pasted below what I found below on Chris Tomlin’s web site:

Holy Is the Lord

This song was inspired by the picture of worship around the throne of God in Isaiah 6. The heavenly creatures sounding this anthem back and forth to one another….

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty
The whole earth is full of His glory

Louie Giglio helped complete the thought with another picture from Nehemiah, where the people joined in a mass assembly…A great example of corporate worship. The Bible says they raised their hands to God at the hearing of his Word, they bowed with their faces to the ground and together made this statement… “the joy of the Lord is our strength.”

So here’s the song below…

Holy Is the Lord

We stand and lift up our hands
For the joy of the Lord is our strength
We bow down and worship Him now
How great, how awesome is He

And together we sing
Everyone sing

Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
The earth is filled with His glory

It’s rising up all around
It’s the anthem of the Lord’s renown
It’s rising up all around
It’s the anthem of the Lord’s renown

Holy, holy is the Lord Almighty
Holy, holy
Holy, holy is the Lord Almighty
Holy, holy
Holy, holy is the Lord Almighty
Holy, holy
Holy, holy is the Lord Almighty
Holy, holy

If you have this song, let me encourage you to listen to it sometime soon!

In the world of baseball…

Mark Prior and the Chicago Cubs got roughed up again on Saturday, this time by the Minnesota Twins, to begin the season 0-2.

The San Diego Padres lost two out of three games to the Seattle Mariners while the Los Angeles Dodgers swept their former skipper, Jim Tracy, and the Pittsburgh Pirates to take a one game lead in the National League West.

I’ve kind of given up hope on the Anaheim Angels.

The Cal State Fullerton Titans were eliminated by the University of North Carolina Tar Heels a few days ago.  It was a good run!  For now, I’m cheering for the Oregon State University Beavers, a Pacific 10 Conference team, to win it all.  They lost to UNC last (Saturday) night and came back from a five run deficit tonight to beat UNC 11-7.  The key turning point was a 7-run inning they had.

In the world of motorsports…

Team Penske driver, Sam Hornish, Jr. won the Richmond Indy Racing League race Saturday night.

In Formula One, Spaniard Fernando Alonso won the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal today.  This upcoming weekend, Formula One comes stateside for the United States Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Let’s hope this year’s race isn’t the farce that last year’s race was.

Up in Sonoma, CA, Jeff Gordon won today’s NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Infineon Raceway (formerly known as Sears Point Raceway).  With nine road course victories, he is the all-time leader in road course wins for a NASCAR driver.

Northern Californian A.J. Allmendinger won today’s Champ Car race at the Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio.  It was the second Champ Car win of his career to follow his maiden win last week at Portland International Raceway.

The FIA World Rally Championship has been on a break since the end of the Acropolis Rally of Greece the first weekend of June.  However, Subaru has renewed its contract with driver Petter Solberg and co-drvier Phil Mills until the end of the 2009 season.  The next rally isn’t until August 11-13 when the Rally Deutschland in Germany will be held.  Hopefully, Subaru will either drop Pirelli as its tire supplier or Pirelli will get its act together for the next few years so Petter and Subaru can be competitive.  For the last two seasons, they haven’t been able to keep up with Michelin/BFGoodrich.

On Saturday night/Sunday morning at Uncle Tony’s house, some of us watched Tommy Boy and Cool Runnings back-to-back on TBS.  Cool Runnings is easily one of my top 5 favorite movies of all-time!  I think I cried the first time I saw it at the end of the movie.  Those who haven’t seen it yet, GO WATCH IT!  It also reminded me that I really should try to start playing my guitar again.  How?  My guitar is named “Cool Runnings” which means “peace be the journey.”

Yul Brenner: Look in the mirror.  What do you see?

Junior: I see Junior.

Yul Brenner: I see PRIDE!  I see POWER!  I see a bad…who don’t take no [stuff] from nobody!

That’s all for now!  This is my last week of work at Pacific BMW.  Here’s to it being a good one and my departure amicable and glorifying to God!

Fight on for ol’ JC and God bless!

Feel the rhythm
Feel the rhyme
Get on up
It’s bobsled time

About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

8 responses to “”

  1. erwinedillon says :

    Happy birthday Loren!!

  2. SportyABG says :

    yeah what’s up with the Angels?? Then again, I can’t say much about the Texas teams. =P
    how come we always root for the opposite teams?? i gotta root for UNC..gotta love the carolina blue. 😀
    jeff gordon got engaged a month ago and just revealed it on sunday?? what’s up with that?? =P

  3. AznLzyGuy says :

    Happy Birthday Loren!!..Cool Running the best!!

  4. sarkie12 says :

    happy birthday!

  5. JsprZ says :

    happy bday man =) how old are you now? haha jk, have a good week!

  6. sweetleiiani says :

    happy birfday Lo. Love you!

  7. rice4krxst says :

    Yes, time to break out “peace be the journey!” Get working on those callouses! haha. Happy Birthday dude!

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