How often do we, like Moses, entreat God to “show me your glory,” and yet we still fail to recognize God’s glory surrounds us and can be revealed through us every day.
God’s glory is revealed in His presence, to which we are promised unlimited and unfettered access. Unlike our hero of faith, Moses, who could only access God’s presence high upon the Mount Sinai, we can go boldly before the throne of grace at any time. Permission was granted at Calvary. Power was imparted at Pentecost. Glory was revealed at resurrection and continues today in the life of believers obeying his Word.
“And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.” Exodus 33:19 KJV
What we see in God’s response to Moses’ request is God explaining to Moses exactly what God’s glory is.
God is goodness.
In his presence is fullness of joy. Why then do we spend hours, days, years searching for joy in things that can at best only provide a little bit of temporary satisfaction or “happiness.” What we seek is God’s glory, His goodness in our lives to give us both the desire and the ability to do of his good pleasure (Phil 2:13)
God is truth.
God says, “I will proclaim the name of the Lord,” in reply to Moses saying, “Show me your glory.” Though Moses would not see the walking truth of this statement, Hebrews declares that Moses’ faith to believe was accounted to him for righteousness. The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the name of the Lord is great and greatly to be praised, the name of the Lord is Jesus, and the good news of his death, burial, and resurrection is God’s glory revealed.
God is gracious.
God’s grace, his unmerited favor, empowers us to live in His presence, with His presence going before us to protect and guide us in the path He has chosen for us. God’s grace is all-sufficient for us,
God is merciful.
With his death and burial, we are given the opportunity to repent to an all-forgiving Father. With the blood shed at the cross, mercy poured out for us. Imagine, God sees our need for mercy, and rather than giving us what we deserve—that is, death—he gives us new mercies every morning.
Revealed in us.
Altogether, wrapped up in His presence, is God’s glory—His goodness, truth, grace, and mercy. When my heart cries out, “Show me your glory,” I am affirming my willingness to receive His goodness, truth, grace, and mercy. He has already given as much as we are ready to receive. This God without limits descended to Earth that I might see His glory revealed and walk in the glory He reveals through me. He desires each of us to be a light unto this world, that cannot be hidden, but is to be lifted up for all to see.
What is your life revealing? Is it the glory of God or the effects of this world? I encourage you today to allow God to search your heart and reveal any thing that dulls His light in you. Approach His throne boldly in prayer and receive all that He has for you. Declare His promises and receive His glory to reveal to others the goodness, truth, grace, and mercy of Jesus.