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The Daily Word of Righteousness
In the Year That King Uzziah Died, continued
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. (Colossians 2:9)
Christ not only is the Savior of men He also is the Lord of men. He is absolute Lord! He will accept His servants on no other terms.
His train fills the Temple of God. There is no room for anyone else. Christ is All in all, the Alpha and Omega. He is the First and the Last, the Author and the Finisher of everything.
Christ retains all authority and power in Heaven and on the earth and He uses His unlimited power as He will. In Him dwells all the Fullness of the Godhead in bodily form. The Father is pleased with the Lord Jesus Christ and has given all things into His nail-pierced hands.
Christ is the Lord who smote Uzziah with leprosy and also the Lord who was beheld by Isaiah the Prophet.
Above it [the throne of Christ] stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. (Isaiah 6:2)
The seraphim covered their faces. The covering of the faces means that self-exaltation cannot look upon the Lord of Glory.
The seraphim covered their feet. The covering of the feet means that self-will cannot come into the Presence of the Lord of Glory or walk in His way.
They flew on two wings. When the saint learns to wait on the Lord, desiring the exaltation of the Lord rather than of himself, seeking the will of his Lord rather than his own will, then he mounts up with the wings of a great eagle. He is able to renew his strength in the royal Presence of the Lord of Glory.
"In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord." When self-exaltation and self-will die in the believer he beholds Christ. Christ is high! He is lifted up! His royal robe fills the Temple of God.
When we see the awesome Majesty who upholds all things by the Word of His power there is only one appropriate response:
. . . Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. (Isaiah 6:3)
We may never have perceived that fact before. Because we have been "serving God" in our own self-exaltation and self-will the world has not seemed to be full of the Glory of God but of opposition and enemies of all kinds.
But now we behold the Lord, and the heavens and the earth are filled with His praise, filled with His glory, filled with His majesty. All things are working according to His irresistible will. His wisdom is governing the affairs of men and beasts. The oceans and continents are speaking of His power. The stars in their courses are "fighting against Sisera." The heavens are telling the Glory of Christ and the firmament is revealing His handiwork.
Everywhere and on all sides nature and history are teaching us of the Lord and His righteous ways.
As soon as we lift our eyes from our own glory and behold the Glory of the Lord of hosts, the foundations of the entrance to our heart are moved. All of that in which we have been trusting is shaken. Our confidence in our righteous works and religious enterprises is found to be misplaced, established on what is insecure and threadbare.
Our personality is filled with the smoke from the coals of the Altar of Incense until we understand we know nothing at all. "Uzziah," portraying the self-exaltation and self-will of proud, ambitious, religious flesh, had attempted to offer self-centered, self-willed works and praise in God's Temple. He did not realize that the coals of that altar cause "voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake" (Revelation 8:5).
To be continued.