Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Let Me See Your Face

No matter what I may experience in life, no matter how good it seems, no matter what God gives me, there is always one thing that I never forget and cherish every day of my life. Some days I seek it more than others. Some days I feel as though I don't deserve it. Some days I can't remember what's so great about it, but then it comes back and nothing is better.

I am speaking of times where I am fully attentive to the voice of God and He speaks something to me that makes me fall in love with Him more deeply. I had one of these moments during our youth prayer meeting this last Friday.

There I was standing in prayer and all of a sudden I had the thought that I really wanted to experience the glory of God in that moment. Sometimes the Glory of God seems to me to be ethereal and undefined, yet wonderful and beyond my understanding. Then other times I feel like it is brought down to my level so much that it no longer holds the same wonder that makes God so amazing. I decided to start looking in the Bible to see if God would speak to me about it. I didn't know what else to do so I went to an old favorite scripture in Exodus 33:17

 17 The Lord replied to Moses, “I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.”
 18 Moses responded, “Then show me your glorious presence.”
 19 The Lord replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh,[c] before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose. 20 But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live.” 21 The Lord continued, “Look, stand near me on this rock. 22 As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and let you see me from behind. But my face will not be seen.”

This passage of scripture almost always amazes me! Moses, the one man in the whole Israelite camp asks to see God's glory and God grants his desire. God is so gracious to Moses and tells him that He must hide in the rocks while God's glory passes by, because it would literally kill Moses. Unfortunately for Moses, this is why God's glory seems ethereal and undefined, even though still amazing.

I envy Moses in this scripture almost every time I read it, though I am almost always slightly disappointed that Moses could not see God's face, but this time, God spoke to me a new scripture.

Song of Songs 2:14

14 My dove is hiding behind the rocks,
      behind an outcrop on the cliff.
   Let me see your face;
      let me hear your voice.
   For your voice is pleasant,
      and your face is lovely.

The Song of Songs can be interpreted in many different ways because its an allegory. Even though it is in the old Testament, it holds some amazing New Testament paradigms. In this moment we have a lover (Jesus) and a woman (I will interpret this as an individual lover of Jesus in this case). Jesus speaks to us, "You don't have to hide behind the rocks anymore. I want to see your face and hear your voice." Now if you are interpreting this the same way God spoke this to me, the glory of God is now even more amazing yet no longer undefined. 

In the beginning, Moses had to ask God to see His Glorious face. Now in the moment of Love for us after rescuing us from the power of sin and death, Jesus calls out to us "Let Me See your face". And so the Love of God helps us to rise up and look into His face without fear. 

The key now is understanding that God is no longer hiding His glory from us. Practically this means that you need to stop thinking that God is mad at you and look into His face.

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