Have You Seen God’s Glory?

And He said, “Please show me Your glory.” Exodus 33:18 NKJV.

Moses’ passionate plea to see God’s glory is one of the most intimate encounters between a man and God ever recorded. Moses records for us his expressed desire to see God’s glory (literally “weight”) that is, the inner reality that makes God who He is.

Moses hungered for something more than a display of God’s power, or even the warmth of His presence, he longed for something more: Moses wanted an intimate knowledge of God Himself!

How did God reply? He hid Moses in the cleft of the rock and manifested His glory, so Moses was not only exposed to the light of the divine afterglow, but enraptured by the fullness of His Person—His character; the One who is compassionate, gracious, and just (Ex.34:6,7).A%20Prayer%20For%20the%20Glory%20of%20God%20~%20Exodus%2033_18%20ESV%20'Please%20Show%20me%20your%20Glory'%20Moses%20sees%20the%20Glory%20of%20GOD

We see that Moses had received God’s promises (vs.2), seen God’s power and been guaranteed God’s presence (vs.14). Moses wanted God’s Person—the only reality that will ever evoke a lasting sense of wonder and fulfillment with lasting satisfaction.

In a more complete definition of His name, the Lord God defines Himself in terms of eight characteristics displayed to Moses.

Ex.34:6, 7. And the Lord passed before him, and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”

Is the Lord God approachable?

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