Summary: Moses aksed God, "Show me your glory." This should be the cry of the church today, "Lord, show us your glory."
Show Us Your Glory
by: Pastor Donny Granberry
Exodus 33:14-18 NIV
The LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."
Then Moses said to him, "If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?"
And the LORD said to Moses, "I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name."
Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory."
Moses was keenly aware of the need for the divine guidance of the Lord; therefore he said, “If your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”
You see, God had called Moses to a greater place.
He had called Moses up to Mt. Sinai to spend time with God.
Although God had already given him the assurance that His presence would go with him, Moses is asking God for a confirmation.
“Show me your Glory.”
Moses knew what it was like traveling without the presence of God.
He had spent 40 years on the backside of the desert working for his father-in-law.
There is no record of God’s presence with Moses during that time.
Moses’ destiny was not in Midian, but with the people of God.
I believe that there are far too many people tending sheep in the desert, when God has a wonderful purpose and destiny for you.
Tending the sheep cay pay the bills. It may afford you a living and a place, but God presence is in the place that He has for your life.
Those years that I was working in the plant were good.
I made a good living; me and my family did many wonderful things.
But something within me kept pulling at my heart.
I remembered the glory of the Lord in my life, until He tugged at my heart, reminding me what He had called me for.
Moses was no stranger to the Glory of God.
• God spoke to Him from a burning bush
• God reminded Him he was on Holy Ground
• God enabled him, through many miracles, to lead Israel out of Egypt.
• God led the people with a cloud by day. The cloud protected them from their enemies; it protected them from the heat of the desert sun, and gave them guidance.
• The fire by night lit the tent city and was a great illustration of God’s Glory.
Just as Israel was led by God’s Glory, the church must also learn to move when the cloud moves, and stand still when the cloud hovers over us.
What is meant by the Glory of God?
• (Ephesians 3:16) tells us the glory belongs to God
• (Ephesians 1:17) tells us God is the “Father of Glory.
• (1 Corinthians 2:8) says that Jesus is the Lord of Glory.
• Psalm 24: 7&8 reminds us that He is the King of Glory.
Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
A King has the power to redeem.
Jesus is called the King of Glory because He alone has the power to redeem us from our sins.
Glory belongs to God just as water belongs to the seas and ice and snow belong to the artic.
In the OT they called it the Shechinah glory of the Lord.
Shechinah – means the manifested glory.
They saw the shechinah cloud and fire of God lead them.
They saw the shechinah cloud as it filled the house of God as they dedicated the temple.
The glory is also described as a devouring fire.
• On top of Mt. Sinai as Moses was called out by God.
• Ezekiel saw the glory of God as the appearance of fire.
• Elijah prayed and the Glory of God fell from heaven as fire.
• The upper room, glory, cloven tongues of fire.
• I have seen the glory of God fill the temple as a cloud.
Synonyms used in the NT for the Glory of God are brightness, brilliance, majesty, and splendor.
We sing the song, “How Great is our God,” We sing the verse, the splendor of the King, wrapped in Royalty; He wraps Himself in light, How great is our God.
One day we will know Him in the fullness of His Glory, “For in his presence is fullness of Joy and at His right hand are pleasures evermore.