And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isaiah 6:3)
What do the seraphim angels of Isaiah 6:2 do before the throne of God above? They never cease giving Him praise. The statement “and one called to another and said,” indicates an active and continuous activity by the seraphim before the LORD. The verbs “called” and “said” respectively refer to not only a shout and a proclamation but also a command that is antiphonally and continuously exchanged between the seraphim.
What do the seraphim continuously shout, proclaim and command between each other and before the LORD? Two statements. These are two proclamations of biblical truth.
The first statement is, ““Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts” The word “holy” (qados) means sacred, set apart from sin, commanding respect and awesomeness. It is the only attribute of God that is elevated by repetition to the third degree. The LORD is never said to be love, love, love, or just, just, just. He is, however, called holy, holy, holy. The seraphim’s song is called the Ttrisagion meaning “three times holy.” This is done for emphasis.
Notice also the state of being verb “is.” This means that the LORD not only behaves in a holy, holy, holy manner but is also holy, holy, and holy by nature and being. The repetition may also indicate an evidence of the Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The phrase “LORD of hosts” is also employed by the seraphim. As previously noted, the noun LORD in all capital letters refers the reader to the most personal name for God: the Hebrew name Yahweh. It identifies the LORD as the self-existent God of the universe. In other words “I Am that I Am” (Exodus 3; John 6; 8:58; 9; 10; 11; 14; 15). It is He alone who is the LORD of hosts. The word “hosts” is a military term. It is the Prophet Isaiah’s frequent name for God; he used it at least sixty-five times. “Lord of the armies” is what it means.
The second statement is, “the whole earth is full of his glory!” The word “whole” means completely, total and all. The entire earth, or created universe, is abundantly filled with the LORD’s splendor, honor and the manifestation of His glorious presence (Psalm 19).
John Calvin writes, “Now, when we are informed that the angels are employed in uttering the glory of God, let us know that their example is set before us for imitation; for the most holy service that we can render to Him is to be employed in praising His name. When He associates us with angels, it is in order that while we sojourn on earth, we may resemble and be joined to the inhabitants of heaven. That the harmony between us and the angels may be in every respect complete. We must take care not only that the praises of God may be sounded by our tongues, but likewise that all the actions of our life may correspond to our professions. This will only be done if the chief aim of our actions be the glory of God.”
May we all today be in harmony with the seraphim angels in giving God all the praise and honor He deserves; not only in our speech but also in our thoughts and actions.
Soli deo Gloria!