I have a friend. (I know, I know—sometimes that can be difficult to fathom, but it’s true.) I have a friend, and his name is Wayne. I love Wayne. I love his attitude, I love his worship, and I love who God made this guy to be. And, on top of those things, he is an amazing musician, artist, singer, and songwriter. I have had the privilege of recording or, rather, re-recording at least three of his songs.
Wayne once wrote a song titled “My Prayer For You.” Take a listen to some of the songs by this guy. You will be glad you did.
Today while I was reading, I came across a passage that I wanted to share with you. As I was thinking about what I wanted to say about it, I realized the passage was a simple something that I hope for you and all believers. This is my prayer for you today, sparked by my reading of this passage from Exodus:
18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”
19 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. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”
21 Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”
29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. 30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. 32 Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai.
33 When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35 they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.
(Exodus 33:18-21 and 34:29-35)
When you actually get in His presence. When you actually seek His face. When you have opportunity to look upon His glory. When you gather together for worship to praise His holy name. When He is “Emmanuel.” When God is truly “with us.”
May that moment, that experience, that encounter, REGULARLY cause your face to radiate. May your lips continue to sing His praise. May your eyes continue to shine as if the light has overcome the darkness. May people KNOW by looking at you, that you have been in the presence of God.
What a joy! What a treasure! What a concept! It can be a reality!
And that is my prayer and desire for both you and me this week and many weeks beyond.
May the face of the Lord shine upon you. May you see His presence. And may your face radiate because of it that the world may know.