Each of us can recall someone who encouraged us to experience the glory of God’s presence. One such man was C. Sumner Wemp. I will always remember the sense of excitement and emotion as he uashamedly stood before an auditorium of “young champions” and passionately shouted, “Well Glory”.
It moved me.
David declared a similar expression, “O Lord, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells.” (Ps 26:8)
In all of our daily demands, we may inadvertently dismiss the Glory. We can be so consumed with the work of our kingdom that we become calloused to wonder of His Kingdom. We end up living in the mundane and losing the Majesty. We attend to our schedules instead of abiding with our Savior.
Our defining moments occur when we dwell in His glory.
In His glory there is worship. “For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.” (Ps 26:3). His love becomes our focus. We live in His faithfulness. We become filled with His glory.
In His glory there is wisdom. “I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites. I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.” (Ps 26:4-5). Our reverence for Him prompts our hearts to receive His wisdom. The truth of wisdom validates the testimony of our work.
In His glory there is a walk of integrity. “Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.” (Ps 26:1). The sacred hymn reminds us of a sustaining hope, “When we walk with The LORD, in the light of His Word, what a glory he sheds on our way.”
In His glory there are wondrous deeds. The psalmist confesses his praise while “proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds.” (Ps 26:7). A sense of gratitude moves us to shout His greatness. What a Mighty God we serve.
Embrace His presence and experience His glory. It will move you.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;”
As Jesus stood among oppressed, captive and broken people, He read this passage in the Synagogue declaring that He was their Help, their Healer and their Hope.
We serve a God who heals. He heals broken bodies, broken minds, broken hearts, broken lives, broken dreams and broken relationships.
None of us escapes the burden of brokenness. It’s effect can distract, discourage, destroy and defeat us.
But. Our God provides a way to embrace the blessing of brokenness. It drive us to a deeper and desperate dependence on Him.
Healing is found in His presence – God writes through Isaiah, “I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the broken and humble . . .”. (Is 57:15)
Healing is found in His promises – – “The Lord is near the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Ps 34:18)
Healing is found in His process – Jacob was broken at Peniel and God made him a great nation, Gideon’s soldiers broke their water pictures and released the light of victory, Mary’s broken alabaster box filled the room with an aroma of worship . . . trust His process.
Will God heal all the brokenness in life? He may not. In those times, He gives grace. Paul was reminded, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:7-9)
Come to Him. Claim His promises. Commit to His process.
“He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble His way.” (Ps 25:9)
David’s life was impacted by some key influencers . . . Samuel, his anointer and confronter; Jesse, his father; Jonathan, his friend; Joab. Zadok, Ahimilech, Benaiah . . . his mighty men . . . Yet, he only imitated One.
Paul said, “Follow me, as I follow Christ.” (I Cor 11:1). Another version says it this way, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.”
Imitating is copying. It’s duplicating an original. It’s embracing the likeness of another so we are an example of them.
As a follower, David identifies Who leads and who is led. “Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all the day long.” (Ps 25:5)
The One leading is The Holy One who became humble. The one being led is a humble one who becomes holy. It’s His work in us that enables us to do His work.
In these confusing times of preferential honor, personal armor bearers and pastoral perks, it is convicting truth that the humble receives what is right, gives with grace and the leads with love.
So, an imitator of Christ . . . student of what is right . . . servant to those in need . . . shepherd of the Great Shepherd . . . that works.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others”
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”
How many times have we set time aside to pray and after about 5 to 10 minutes, we’re repeating ourselves or we have nothing else to say? I often feel weak or worn out when I pray. I don’t have the stamina or the strength.
God longs for our weakness. He is there when we are weary. When we feel distant and defeated, He responds with closeness and compassion.
In our weakness, He is strength.
In our weariness, He is rest.
In our inadequacy, He is more than adequate.
In our prayer, He is our prayer warrior, our prayer partner, and our prayer advocate.
God, in His role as Holy Spirit prays for us. He intercedes with groans that cannot be expressed with words. He pours over us with sensitivity, sympathy and supplication. He is never weak or weary in His intercession.
Its often easier to tell others how to pray for us than actually praying ourselves.
Try this. Ask God to pray for you today and let Him know your challenges and concerns. Then, thank Him for praying for you.
He is there and He is in prayer.