• Tyler Barnes

Find Your Crevice

Then Moses said, “Please, let me see your glory.”

He said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim the name ‘the Lord’ before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But he added, “You cannot see my face, for humans cannot see me and live.” The Lord said, “Here is a place near me. You are to stand on the rock, and when my glory passes by, I will put you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will take my hand away, and you will see my back, but my face will not be seen.” Exodus 33:18-23

The awe-inspiring, fear-inducing, reverence-commanding glory of the Lord is why we worship, why we sacrifice, and why we choose God. It is easy to forget that God is in fact God. We can become desensitized to the glory when we focus all our attention on His desire to be in relationship with us. Let us not forget we serve and worship the same God who spoke the universe into creation. The God who commanded nature to bring plagues on the Egyptians, rescuing his people from slavery. He split the Red Sea so His people could walk on dry land. The same God that made nations rise and fall. The God who could command a fish, calm a storm, heal the blind, and orchestrate the salvation of mankind. What an amazing God we serve.

This week my thoughts have echoed Moses in Exodus 33, “Please let me see your glory.” My soul needs refreshing- the days are long, the stresses are many, the trials are painful but the glory of the Lord remains immutable. When the glory of the Lord passed in front of Moses, God’s goodness, compassion, and grace were on full display. So magnificent is His glory that no human can see the face of God and live. When Moses came down from meeting with the Lord his face was as radiant as the sun. Moses had encountered glory in such a way that it was impossible to miss. Here is the simple truth, when you live in the presence of the Lord you reflect His glory. We all need to encounter glory because once you’ve tasted it you have an insatiable desire for more. It is His glory that drives us to rigorously pursue righteousness, to sacrifice that which we hold most dear, to worship with every fiber of who we are, and shout “Salvation comes from the Lord” so everyone can hear.

Join me this week in seeking God’s glory so we may be a people of goodness, compassion, and grace. Get alone in your crevice of the rock and get refueled on God’s glory: watch a sunset paint the sky, cry out a song of praise, commune with God in the pages of Scripture- do what you need to do to see the glory of the King.