The Glory of God: Why Did Moses Ask, “Show Me Your Glory?”

Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” (Ex 33:18)

Have you ever wondered what Moses was expecting, or what he wanted, when he asked God to reveal His glory?

Consider what Moses had already seen and experienced up until this time:

  • Moses had encountered the Presence of God in a burning bush
  • He had seen God’s power; all the miracles God performed in Egypt and since
  • He had lived daily with the Presence of God manifested as a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night
  • Moses had a personal, face-to-face conversation in which he saw the form of God (Num 12:8)
  • He had seen God’s Presence descend as fire upon Mount Sinai, the whole mountain shook violently – and Moses climbed to commune with God. (Ex 19)

Already it seems that Moses had seen more of the glory of God, more of His manifested Presence than we could expect to see in our lifetime!

And yet somehow, he knew there was more of God than he had yet seen or experienced.

God responded to Moses request with the words,

And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” (Ex 33:19)

‘I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you.’

The Hebrew word for goodness, tuwb, also carries the meanings ‘fairness, beauty, joy, prosperity, gladness.'[1] No wonder the Psalmist (David) cried, ‘In Your Presence is fullness of joy!’ (Ps 16:11)

Hungry for God’s Presence and Glory

Many of us today are hungry to experience God’s manifested Presence and His glory.

And from this conversation between Moses and God, we discover that God’s glory is more than the physical manifestation of His Presence. It’s more than fire, more than clouds, and it is more than physical weightiness. It is more than something that can be seen, felt, or touched.

  • It is God revealing His goodness, His Personhood, His Name, His nature. His mercy. His compassion.

The glory of God is not just how He manifests, but it is the essence of Who He is.

And that revelation, to know Him more, to be apprehended by His goodness, should be the desire of our hearts, too.

The revelation of the goodness of God happened to Moses at one of the lowest points of his leadership, in the middle of a crisis.

A revelation of the goodness of God will set us free from fear and anxiety, and release us from shame. It will bring healing to our hearts. It will embolden us to obey God, result in miracles, and enable us to confidently step into the future His has prepared—taking many people with us.

The hunger you are experiencing for His Presence and glory is a gift from God. The desire of your heart is a sign that He has more of His Spirit and a greater revelation of Who He is available to you right now.

“Lord, show me Your glory.”

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