Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Exposure to Glory

"When all the people of Israel saw...
the glorious presence of the Lord filling the Temple,
 they fell face down on the ground and worshiped and praised the Lord,
 saying, 'He is good!  His faithful love endures forever!'"
2 Chronicles 7:3

When I read this passage this morning the thought that struck me was that exposure to the glorious presence of the Lord didn't fill the people with fear--not even these people of the old covenant.  Rather, it provoked recognition of His goodness and love.  You might expect them to run in terror.  You might expect that exposure to the glory would make them self-conscious, aware of their own sinfulness.

If you're feeling afraid of God or focusing on your own sorry state, it may be that you haven't tasted or aren't currently tasting of His glory.

This glorious presence fell on them after the Temple was dedicated as a place of worship.  It came as a response to the worship-filled dedication spoken by Solomon.

That Temple is no more.  Now YOU are His temple.  And His glorious presence still fills the temple when we offer ourselves with worship and praise.  The glorious presence never condemns or inspires fear, but fills us with awe of his goodness and mercy.

Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship,
for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
Psalm 89:15

1 Corinthians 3:16

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderfully encouraging post! Exactly my thoughts these past days and you have set them so beautifully with the two scriptures! I will ponder them as I head of to sleepland.
    Blessings to you!
    "He is good! His faithful love endures forever!"