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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Oh Glory!

Leviticus 9:1-11:47
One of my most moving and fondest memories growing up was of my grandmother who we lovingly called Ma.
I was blessed to grow up living next to her, my grandfather and many other family members.  And I was also blessed to have spent many nights at my grandparent's home.
We would always watch Hee Haw, The Bugs Bunny Show, and many other great oldies. And the next morning Ma would fix me the best breakfast and instant coffee this little girl had ever had!
All those memories are great, but the greatest and most impactful of all is of me lying in my bed at night and hearing my grandmother on the other side of the house praying.  I don’t mean praying a Now-I-lay-me-down-to-sleep kind of prayer either.
She would call out and pray over every last one of our family members, every night.  And she would thank God for His faithfulness and when she got to really feeling it and feeling God she would start saying, Oh Glory! Glory! Glory!
I don’t know if my grandmother ever saw the glory of God like Moses, Aaron and the Children of Israel did in our reading today, but I know she sure felt it!!
When the Children of Israel saw the glory of God and the fire that blazed forth from His presence, verse 24 of chapter 9 said they responded by shouting for joy and falling to the ground.
According to The MacArthur Study Bible, "God’s glory represents His righteousness, holiness, truth, wisdom and grace- the sum of all He is..."
Yesterday and today the CCA staff and I are at a church planters conference and before the last two speakers took the stage last night we worshiped God as the band led us in a few songs.  The last song was Great I Am that has some powerful words of praise to God.  This was our response...
Hands went up, shouts went out, and our voices were raised as we celebrated the glory of God, the great I Am, the sum of who He is.
So my question to you today is, how do you respond to the glory of God?  Because his glory demands a response.  Oh you may not be comfortable with raising a hand, or a shout, or falling to the ground.  Maybe you respond to God's glory and goodness by doing good unto others.  It does not matter how you do it, but that you do it.
You may have never seen the glory of God either but here is what The MacArthur Study Bible continues to say about God's glory- "...However, nowhere has God’s glory been more perfectly expressed than in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:14). And it will be seen on earth again when He returns."
And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matt 24:30
When we see Christ in all His glory, like the Children of Israel we too will shout for joy but we will not fall to the ground, instead we will be caught up in the air to forever be with the Lord! 1 Thessalonians 4:17
And I will see my Jesus, my Lord and my Ma once again!
Oh Glory! Glory! Glory!

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