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Desiring To See The Glory Of God
By Pastor Cohen Gary Reckart
EXO 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
EXO 33:21 And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:
EXO 33:22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:
EXO 33:23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
2Cor 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
I cry unto the O God, let me see thy face!
I desire to see thy glory!
Do not let me fall into the disgrace of going slowly blind until I no longer desire to see thy glory among the people. Please O my God, let me see thy face!
Moses wanted to see the face of God when he said "let me see thy glory." We know this because God answered Moses and said "Thou canst not see my face." O how Moses had that burning inner love for God to see his face. I understand how he felt. He has been in the presence of God and it was wonderful. He experienced the sweetness of God's Spirit when they were together. He had met a friend whose face he could not see. Please O my friend, show me your face! Let me see thy glory! I want more then to be here in your presence. I want more then to come up here on the mountain and talk with you. I want more then the miracles you have done through me. God, I want to see your face!
And God talked with his friend and said go "stand on that rock."
O God, is there a rock somewhere I can stand? Is there a place where thy glory may pass before me. Is there something I can do to see thy glory O my God? For I want to see thy face.
And God told Moses he would hide him in the clift of the rock and there cover him with his hand.
Is there a Man of God somewhere who desires to see the glory of God? Is there a Man of God somewhere who will find the rock where he must stand to meet God? Is there a Man of God who will refuse to fill his eyes with everything but seeing the glory of God? Can Pastors and Men of God be covered with the hand of God, so that he might show them a part of his glory? Hide me O God. I don't care any more for the things of the world. I don't want anything else God. Hide me and cover me with your hand. Pass before me O God and let me see your glory. If I cannot see your face, please let me see your glory.
And so God hid Moses in the clift of the rock, covered him with his hand, then removed his hand so Moses could see the hinder parts of the God of Israel. No, he did not get to see the face of God, but he did get to see the glory. A glory so powerful, so wonderful, so awesome, and so beautiful that the face of Moses shined from the exposure to the radiance of his glory. Did Moses lose this glow? No, he went among the people with a veil because the glow was so awesome. He stood with the Ten Commandments in his hand with a glowing face. No one asked why he was that way? No one else desired to see the face of God out of the masses of Israelites. They wanted religion with ritual, and salvation without power. One man, led a nation of hundreds of thousands, who desired to see the face of God.
I have desired to see God's face. I have desired to see his glory. I am not content to have a church service where the glory is not present and moving among the people. If I have to stop the music, stop the singing, and go into travail myself, I will press until the glory of the Lord comes into the midst. If I must shut myself in the house of God and renew my convictions, renew my vows, restore holiness, sanctify myself anew, then I will do it. I want to see the face of God.
Paul tells us that we can see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
I close this email with my final thoughts:
Jesus let me see your face! I want to see your face! Nothing else matters. I don't want to be warm Jesus, I want to be on fire! I want to have revival in my soul. I want the inner burning of the Holy Ghost.
Let me see your face Jesus....