Moses prays this short but intense prayer, “Lord, show me your glory!” (Exodus 33:18). Why? The Lord assured Moses of his presence and favor. Even so, Moses pleads, “Please show me your glory.” And the Lord passes before him.
Lord, show me your glory. It is a prayer for the overwhelmed. Like Moses, we need to be reassured of the presence of God. Like Moses, we yearn to see the presence of God.
This is the prayer lurking behind every longing of every soul walking into church. Behind the impulses to have a warm feeling, a better marriage, a word of hope: Lord, show me your glory.
Let’s get specific.
Let me see your glory . . .
In my marriage. Lord, if we are going to make it for the long haul, let me see your glory in my marriage. Help me to look beyond my spouse, beyond her strengths and weaknesses, beyond her attraction, beyond her own unsettled soul. Let me see your glory that I draw near to you and to her.
In my church. Let me see your glory in the brilliant reflection on the faces of my brothers and sisters. Your glory in their tears and in their laughter. Your glory in the radiance of your Scripture spoken and sung and prayed. Let me see your glory.
In the glory of Your Son. Moses prayed to see God’s glory. Jesus prays, “Father, glorify your name.” God replies, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again” (John 12:28). In seeing the life of Jesus we see glory accomplished. Glory secured. And that’s just the point. We get to see His glory.
Lord, show me your glory.
Daryl Pepper, Associate Pastor