And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby,
keeping watch over their flocks at night.
An angel of the Lord appeared to them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
and they were terrified.
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What happens when the glory of the Lord is shown on you? Scripture makes clear that it’s possible for every true follower of Jesus to see and understand the glory of God. Indeed, our Lord reveals His glory to all who ask and seek it diligently.
Moreover, I believe the revelation of God’s glory will equip His people for the perilous days ahead. Paul states that this revelation “…is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified” (Acts 20:32). Therefore, as we pray, “Lord, show me your glory,” we’re actually praying, “Father, reveal to me who You are.” And if/when the Lord does give us a revelation of His glory, it’s a revelation of how He wants to be known by us.
How many of us have prayed a prayer such as this? This type of prayer is normally prayed when faced with adversaries we feel are beyond our control. At a time when we are at zero, we always ask for His glory. Why can’t we also ask for His glory when we are in our highest spirits? I believe there we can experience more of His glory, too. Moses’ experience with the glory of God demonstrates this truth.
The Lord sent Moses to deliver Israel without giving him a full revelation of who the God of Israel truly was. The Lord merely told him, “Go, and say I AM sent you.” But He gave no explanation of who “I AM” was. I believe this is why Moses cried, “[Lord]…I beseech Thee, shew me Thy glory” (Exodus 33:18). Moses had a gnawing hunger and thirst to know WHO the great I AM was—to know what His nature and character were all about. I therefore request us, brethren, to cry unto God to show us His glory in all aspects of life so that we can be able to testify to others. How can we testify of His glory if we ourselves have not experienced it? The shepherds experienced the glory. (And, yes, they were terrified…just as the shepherds!) But the angel said to them “do not be afraid” for he came with good news. The testimony they had was “God brings good news.” Trust me, God is bringing His glory in different ways and we will testify. But I pray we will testify as we have experienced it and perceive it in Jesus’ Name.
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Dear Lord, thank You for being willing to show us Your glory forever more. And I pray, asking You to open our eyes and ears to see and to hear You when You come in Your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.