I have been studying in Exodus about the building of the Tabernacle and the arrival of God to dwell with his people. “Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle…So the cloud of the LORD was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel during their travels.” Exodus 40:34,38 (NIV)
Have you ever wondered about this glory cloud and how it’s presence must have comforted, illuminated, protected, led and ministered to the Israelites? A definition I read said the glory of the Lord is the sum total of all God’s attributes. His glory encompasses his love, compassion, omniscience, justice, mercy, hope, sovereignty, care, omnipotence, etc. No wonder the Israelites were so comforted by the presence of the cloud. Here are some other verses that tell us more about this attribute of glory.
Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
Psalm 111:2-3 “Great are the works of the LORD they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds, forever.”
Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)
Looking at these verses I am reminded that I see evidence of God’s glory all around me. I see it in my grandson’s smile, beautiful flowers, growing vegetables as well as mountain vistas and sandy beaches. I can remember how God has provided for me emotionally when I’ve been down and He has sent someone with a word of encouragement or a hug. I can remember how He has provided for me physically with just the right doctors, times of rest and monetary provision. He has led me to see His glory in His word and deeper understanding of His love and mercy. I know you will find evidence of His glory if you will look, think and remember His goodness to You. You are loved by God and His glory surrounds you.
I pray that you will see it afresh today.
God’s glory in my world- wildflowers in Israel, the view from Mt Pilatus in Switzerland and my grandson playing at Pismo Beach, CA. His glory surrounds me!