What would happen if every Christian lived on this prayer: “Please show me your glory, Lord.”?
When you wake – “Show me your glory, Lord!”
When you lay down to sleep – “Show me your glory, Lord!”
When you work – “Show me your glory, Lord!”
When you gather with His Church – “Show me your glory, Lord!”
As you live among the lost and preach the gospel – “Show me your glory, Lord!”
Exodus 33:18-19 “Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” And He said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.””
The glory of the Lord is His splendor, majesty and light. Not just any light, but the brightest. Not just any splendor, but the most beautiful to behold. His majesty is that of the highest reigning King. His glory speaks of His supremacy and total rule. We know that “The Heavens declare His glory”, and yet, He is more glorious than all the starry hosts. Nothing outshines Him. Nothing ever will.
We need a fresh view of God, one that, like Moses, changes even our complexion. We need to look with humility, understanding that human flesh cannot withstand such holiness and live. How then can we see Him and how should we come? We must be hidden in Him. We must be hidden in a mercy and grace given to us by God. We do not hide for fear of Him, but we hide at His command. “I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by.” Let us only hide in Christ for fear of what may come should we live a moment without Him. Should we not behold His glory, the glory as of the only begotten Son of God, then we shall have no light in us but remain in darkness.
The cleft is Jesus. The Rock is Christ. His gracious hand covers our sinfulness and bids us come. We come to behold his glory when we behold the face of God in Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”