Daily D – Exodus 34:8-9
Moses immediately knelt low on the ground and worshiped. Then he said, “My Lord, if I have found favor with you, my Lord, please go with us (even though this is a stiff-necked people), forgive our iniquity and our sin, and accept us as your own possession.” EXODUS 34:8-9 (CSB)
Some truths cannot be contained within mere words. Describe for me, if you will, the most wonderful fireworks display you ever saw. Tell of the lights and colors and how they contrasted with the night sky. Tell of the boom of the mortar shells and the bursts of the explosives in the air. Tell about the layering effects of one shot upon another as they spread, shimmer, and dissolve. Help me feel the warm summer air and the delight of the crowd. Make it come alive.
Exodus 33 and 34 must be read slowly and repeatedly. Sentences here and there demand pondering. Paragraphs, like the one immediately before the verses written above, must be considered deeply and thoughtfully.
Toward the end of this chapter, two things stand out like fireworks against a summer sky.
Moses experienced God in near-fatal doses. Moses did not have a bite to eat or a drink to sip. Moses glowed with God’s glory. All Moses wanted was more of God. Nothing else mattered.
Truths too big for words. Ideas to ponder for days, years, and decades. Hunger and thirst filled only by the majestic glory of God himself.
Moses experienced God’s favor, which was not his gifts, but his presence. He wanted nothing but more of God.
The LORD is my shepherd; I have what I need. (CSB)
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (ESV)
The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. (NIV)
The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. (NLT)
GOD, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. (The Message)
I will seek more of God.
Our Father, all I want is more of you. Amen.
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Psalm 23:3, 4 He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me. (CSB)
Daniel 5:11 “There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the days of your predecessor he was found to have insight, intelligence, and wisdom like that of the gods. Your predecessor, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, mediums, Chaldeans, and diviners. (CSB)
Daniel 1:20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding that the king consulted them about, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and mediums in his entire kingdom. (CSB)