We sing this song, us Christians in church… “Show Me Your Glory”. But have you ever really stopped and thought about it? I mean, we talk about God’s glory, about how we are supposed to reflect it, or there’s the phrase “Guts and Glory”. But we go on about our normal everyday lives putting God in the corner… “Can You just wait over here, God? I’ve got to ____________.”
I recently heard a sermon by Francis Chan – love that guy. He talked about how his entire life had to change when he discovered the magnificence and glory of who God really is. And how he went from falling asleep laying down in bed praying to making sure He was on his knees praying before bed. What a huge difference. He found reverence before his God.
And then I was doing my Bible study book, and ran across the very same thing. You know that when God repeats something, He’s trying to get a lesson through to you. So that was twice. But then, I was also listening to Handel’s Messiah. That right there. The Bible in song form right there. And the lesson was repeated for the third time. I love this one, “And The Glory of The Lord”
So, let’s check out what the Bible has to say about seeing God or God’s glory and who God really is.
The very first time someone had even dared ask to see God was Moses in Exodus.
“18 Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” 19 And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” 20 But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” – Exodus 33:18-20
So we find out that nobody can see God and still live. That right there should tell us that He is to be revered. But what does that word actually mean? Here, from Webster’s dictionary – “to show devoted deferential honor to : regard as worthy of great honor.” God deserves deferential treatment – always. He is worthy of great honor always.
And so, Moses was honored with seeing the backside of God’s glory go by as he hid himself from the full experience between two rocks.
“29 It came about when Moses was coming down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the testimony were in Moses’ hand as he was coming down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because of his speaking with Him. 30 So when Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. ” – Exodus 34:29-30
And this is the result of being hidden and only seeing the backside of God.
And in Isaiah chapter 6, this:
“In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said,
“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.”
4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. 5 Then I said,
“Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”
This kind of cracks me up. We make these little figurines of “cherubs”, and they are certainly nothing like the cherubim and seraphim of the Bible. Could it be that we are trying to make ourselves feel better? Or be less awed by God’s creation? Could it be that God’s majesty scares the life out of us so we make is less than it really is? We need to feel better, or “cover” ourselves in defense?
Did you get the part about the seraphim covering their eyes with two of their wings? When you are trying to shield your body, you cover what you can. And here is a picture of the seraphim covering their eyes and feet. And all they can do is fly around shouting to each other, “Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God!” And their voices are so loud the temple begins to shake and fill with smoke.
Shoot, even Isaiah said he was ruined. He was unclean and the people were unclean and he just was beside himself.
And in Revelation 1, John said,
“12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; 13 and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. 14 His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire. 15 His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. 16 In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.
17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,18 and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. ”
Did you get the incredible description? The physical appearance of God is intense. How much more do we need to hear. John himself “fell at His feet like a dead man”. And we still put God into that corner for another time because we are “busy”.
God is not someone that we can put in a corner. He shines light into the darkest corners of our lives so He can pull out all the junk we have shoved in the corners. He tells us it’s okay just like He did John. He loves us so much He sent His only Son because it was the only way to have this relationship with us.
I’m not telling you guys all this to make you afraid or scared or ashamed. I’m simply saying, it’s time to stop putting God into our little box. It’s time to bring reverence and glory back when we talk about Him and in our daily lives. It’s time to get our priorities straight. And stop teaching just that God is love, but teaching others to have a holy reverence for the One who created us. I can just hear someone’s mom saying, “I brought you into this world, I can take you out!” LOL
And yes, it’s time to get on our knees, or prostrate before our God when we talk to Him. Yes, He’s our Daddy. And we get to know Him. But Daddy’s deserve respect and honor and God does even more so.
So how does this knowledge affect how you go on from here? How will you put what God wants ahead of what you want? Instead of fitting God into your life, ask Him what He wants to do with you! -For Those That Have Ears