This morning I woke up with a hymn playing in my head and considered that it must mean something. The hymn was Show Me Your Glory as performed by Kim Walker-Smith. You can hear it if you’d like:
The song sings of old Moses and his desire to see God’s glory.
I want to see your glory as Moses did,
Flashes of light, rolls of thunder.
I’m not afraid! Show me Your glory!
The scene opens and old Moses has been up on Mount Sinai for a really long time. The Israelites start to get restless and feel that Moses will not come back to lead them.
So, in their infinite wisdom they decided that it would be a good idea to make a god for themselves, fashioning some gold into a calf. Needless to say, Moses is madder than a wet hen when he gets back and promptly grinds the golden calf into dust and makes the Israelites drink it as a tea.
Moses then pleads with God to continue to lead these folks, even after this incredible indiscretion. Finally, Moses has one more request from God, “Show me your glory (Exodus 33:18 NIV).”
And, here’s the deal…Moses was expecting to see thunder, lightning, boulders shaking, the ground trembling, earthquakes and tidal waves. But this is not what happened.
What actually happened is what brings tears to our eyes and lumps in our throats. God said to Moses, “I will cause all of my goodness to pass in front of you…(Exodus 33:19a NIV).”
And…there it is!
You and I have the benefit of looking back over eons and it does not take rocket science to see God’s glory pass before us…God’s goodness pass in front of us…when we see God’s greatest glory in the act of emptying of self and dying on a cross.
“World…humanity…come and see…I will cause all of my goodness to pass in front of you to see for all eternity.”
King Jesus, You’re the name we’re lifting high,
Your glory shaking up the earth and skies.
Revival, we want to see your kingdom here,
Spirit break out!
Break our walls down!
Heaven come down!
(Spirit Break Out, Kim Walker-Smith)
French author and literary critic Francois Mauriac said, “We do not know the worth of one single drop of blood…one single tear. If the Eternal is the Eternal, the last word for each one of us belongs to Him.”
So, where is God when pain and suffering breaks out, when we’ve walked our last mile here, when everything we know feels as if it is coming unglued? There he is, hanging there on that gallows, drawing all of humanity into that cross, taking the weight of our suffering upon himself.
“As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night. When he was gone, Jesus said, ‘Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him (John 13:30b-31 NIV).’”
“Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you (John 17:1 NIV).”
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:4 NIV).”
God said to Moses, “I will cause all of my goodness to pass in front of you…(Exodus 33:19a NIV).”
Martin Luther, the Reformer wrote that left to our own devices, we would always think of God in terms of power, dominance and control. I say, “In other words we would think of God as we would want to be if we were God.”
Who of us would consider glory to be emptying? This is a God-sized concept.
Behold, the Father’s heart,
The mystery he lavishes on us.
As deep cries out to deep,
Oh, how desperately he wants us.
The things of earth stand next to him,
Like a candle to the sun.
Unfailing Father, what compares to His great love.
Behold his only Son, the lion and the lamb given to us.
The word became a man, that my soul should know its savior…
Jesus, Messiah… the righteous died for love.
Behold…then sings my soul…
(Behold, Then Sings My Soul, Hillsong)
I’m on a roll I suppose this morning. Hymns flooding my mind.
We have found the secret to life and he is a person. There he is encouraging children to come and sit with him. There he is feeding multitudes.
There he is…handing us his kingdom on a platter saying, “…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40b NIV).”
Lift up the sound…as he makes our praise his throne.
Behold the Lord our God will lead us home.