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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Do you have any scriptures, poems, or thoughts about the Presence of God, His glory, His goodness, that you would like to share? Leave a comment in the box below.

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© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

Enliven Ministries – in the David McCracken Ministries family

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

  1. “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.”

    This. So much this. I am always afraid of “overstepping my bounds.” Because…He IS God! Who am I to ask to see and know His glory?!

    Thank you for a timely message.

  2. Hi Amanda,
    I think that is a brilliant response, and one I can relate to – just the kind of response we should have as we consider seeking His glory. It reminded me of a passage I wrote about C.S. Lewis’ insightful words on this subject:

    ‘In the Narnia Chronicles, C S Lewis wrote stories of the lion Aslan, King of Kings of Narnia. Aslan’s subjects had a saying about him: ‘He is not a tame lion.’ He was majestic, terrifying to his enemies and redeemer of his own, powerful and unpredictable. Yet the child Lucy would run to him with joyful familiarity and bury her face in his mane.

    At times, I respond as Lucy did. At other times, struck by God’s power and unpredictability, I draw back. I have wandered into unfamiliar territory in my relationship with Him.

    God did not disqualify Moses, Gideon, or His disciples, when they did not respond well to His Presence or the message that He brought them. Instead, He showed them patience and brought comforting reassurance.

    As I recall these things, I do not feel so bad about my own response. I decide to receive His grace and reassurance too.’

    That full article is here:

  3. Dear Helen, thank you so much. I Absolutely Love and Hunger for so much more of the Beautiful Sweet Holy Presence and Glory of GOD. This is a poem I wrote recently called “Heartbeat of Heaven”

    The Winds of Heaven are Blowing
    Refreshing Healing Waters of Heaven are Flowing
    The Heartbeat of Heaven is Resounding in the Air
    Releasing the Presence of GOD Everywhere
    See the River of Life, Flowing from There

    Releasing Healing and Salvation
    Refreshing my Heart with Love, Joy, Peace, Hope and Restoration

    Rivers of Living Water, Flowing so Crystal Clear, from Heavens Throne Room
    I See a “DOOR” Appear
    JESUS is Calling All who are Thirsty, to “Draw Near”

    The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come”
    Whosoever is Thirsty “Come”
    Whosoever Is Hungry “Come”
    Come to the River and Drink, from the Water of Life
    Come to where the Healing Waters Flow
    Taste, Taste and SEE, The LORD is GOOD, and HIS Mercy Endures Forever

    River of Life Overflowing in Mercy, Goodness, Glory and Grace
    River of Life Overflowing in Healing, Salvation, Joy, Peace, Love and Restoration

    Flowing so Crystal Clear, Pure and Holy, Radiating Heavens Glory
    Radiating The Light of HIS Glory, HIS Goodness, HIS Mercy and Grace

    River of Life Overflowing into Every Heart, Home, and Habitation
    HOLY SPIRIT being Poured Out, Upon Every Nation
    Bringing HOPE and RESTORATION

    Yes, the Heartbeat of Heaven is Resounding in the Air
    Releasing the Presence of GOD Everywhere

    There is NO LIMITS, to what an encounter with the Power and Presence of GOD CAN DO
    There is NO LIMITS, as GOD Pours Out HIS Precious HOLY SPIRIT Upon You

    Poem by Irene Kyriacou

  4. Some words about the Glory of God.

    These words where found in a patients room, in an asylum after the death of the person, and were subsequently added, to become the last stanza in one of my best loved songs – “The Love of God”.

    “Could we with ink the ocean fill
    And were the skies of parchment made
    Were every stalk on earth a quill
    And every man a scribe by trade,
    To write the Love of God above
    Would drain the ocean dry
    Nor could the scroll contain the whole
    Though stretched from sky to sky.


    Oh Love of God how rich and pure
    How measureless and strong,
    It shall for ever more endure
    The saints and angels song.

    Trust this will Bless some one today

  5. Thank you, Irene and Len, inspiring and awesome words, I pray visitors to this page will see and be blessed by them.
    Sometimes in a poem or song it seems that we can stretch our words, our hearts, our language, to convey more than ordinary conversation can do, about the wonder of Who God is and His love for us. Your words certainly do that.

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