People love glory, and we want to see it!
As an example, a couple of years ago, I had the honor of basking in the glory of Machu Picchu in Peru. Voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, I personally found out why.
The picture above is amazing, but no picture does this place justice. One has to see high glory to really feel its presence. When our group arrived, I was in a bad mood and grumpy. Our group had been working hard in Arequipa with children, and we were all very tired. There was the long train ride and the expensive bus trip up the mountain (we could have hiked it, but yeah, right).
So I was sour. That is, until we turned the corner and the above pictured scene came into actual sight. Macchu Picchu is 8,000 feet above sea level and the surrounding peaks even higher. You can’t feel that in the picture. In many spots, it is a straight down drop to the river below in what is called the Sacred Valley. You can’t see or feel that glory in a photo.
Nor does the picture show how immense the entire estate is. The buildings are much larger than they appear, and there are many, many of them (15th century ruins of the Incan empire). It is a sprawling, beautiful place. And it shines with glory.
The glory of the place immediately lifted my mood. My brain, no doubt, began properly regulating serotonin and releasing endorphins. Real glory just does this to people. It is the best antidepressant on the market today!
But as high as the glory of Macchu Picchu is, it it is relatively small glory compared with the glory of God.
This past Sunday, I preached a message from Exodus 33 where Moses requests of God, “Show me your glory.” Moses wanted to bask in glory too, but for him, ordinary, earthly glory wouldn’t be enough. He wanted to see eternal, I AM – type glory. And God said yes, hid Moses in the cleft of the rock and passed by, allowing him to see the fading back side of His glory.
After this event, Moses glowed. He was changed by glory. This always happens. Just as the glory of the sun (its shining beams) literally changes a person’s skin, so the shining glory of God alters a person’s heart. Moses also praised the glory He had seen. This too, always happens. Just as I praise the glory of Macchu Picchu, so the glory of God (when truly seen) creates high words of praise and honor from those who bask in it.
I believe with all my heart that basking in the high glory of God is what God wants us to do with our lives. Indeed, this is why he made us. When His glory shines, we need to see it, seek to understand it, receive it, enjoy it, praise it, and reflect it. Here lies the solution to every, single problem you have in your life!
To learn more, you can find the sermon here: Show Me Your Glory.