The Glory of God
A Sermon on Exodus 33:18-23
Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” And the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.” (ESV)
Do you long to see the glory of God as Moses did when he approached the Lord and interceded for the Israelites in Exodus 33:18-23? It is essential that we know his increasing boldness, longing for more in the presence of our God. Sadly, there are many today who cannot truly say they have a longing to know God deeper. For many either never knew Him in the first place, or have the feeling that they have “arrived” and look down upon others who haven’t. The Church today must long for a personal and direct knowledge of God. Dr. Lloyd-Jones points out how often we see the Psalmist express this exact longing when he calls upon the Lord. And his satisfaction is found solely in the Lord. Our own prayers should be motivated by a concern for the manifestation of the glory of God. Dr. Lloyd-Jones also points out an example found in the New Testament, in the life of Paul. We see that Paul was never satisfied in his personal relationship with Christ, but longed to know Him more. The more he knew about Christ, the more he loved Him and desired to spend his life for the Gospel. Should we strive for anything less?
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.