Live Loved

The LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.

[EXODUS 33:11]

Loved by a Glorious God Moses makes a request of God. “Show me your glory” (Exodus 33:18 NCV)

“Show me your radiance,” Moses is praying. “Flex your biceps. Let me see the S on your chest. Your preeminence. Your heart-stopping, ground-shaking extraspectacularness. Forget the money and the power. Bypass the youth. I can live with an aging body, but I can’t live without you. I want more God, please. I’d like to see more of your glory.”

Why did Moses want to see God’s greatness? Ask yourself a similar question. Why do you stare at sunsets and ponder the summer night sky? Why do you search for a rainbow in the mist or gaze at the Grand Canyon? Why do you allow the Pacific surf to mesmerize and Niagara to hypnotize? How do we explain our fascination with such sights?

Beauty? Yes. But doesn’t the beauty point to a beautiful Someone? Doesn’t the immensity of the ocean suggest an immense Creator? Doesn’t the rhythm of migrating cranes and beluga whales hint of a brilliant mind? And isn’t that what we desire? A beautiful Maker? An immense Creator? A God so mighty that he can commission the birds and command the fish?

“Show me your glory, God,” Moses begs. . . . We cross a line when we make such a request. When our deepest desire is not the things of God, or a favor from God, but God himself, we cross a threshold. Less self-focus, more God-focus. Less about me, more about him.

[IT’S NOT ABOUT ME]

Gracious Lord, like Moses of old we long to see your greatness and your glory. When we see the wonders of your creation, our hearts are filled with praise for your mighty power. You care for even the smallest detail of creation. Your vast universe is spectacular beyond imagining. We want to know you better, Lord, amen.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and Your glory above all the earth.

[PSALM 108:5]

Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yes, our God is merciful.

[PSALM 116:5]

Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens.

[PSALM 123:1]

Evening Prayer

DO NOT BE QUICK TO JUDGE 
[Matthew 7:1-5]

Praise God, our righteous Judge, for He is just, yet loving and merciful. May you follow His example by first seeing the good in others. May you not judge others, so that you will not be judged, for with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Instead, may you search your heart for anything that may displease the Lord. May you see others the way God sees them and have compassion for them. I pray that you will live a righteous life, so that you may set an example and win many to the Lord.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.