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 123:1, 2 I lift my eyes to you, the one enthroned in heaven. Like a servant’s eyes on his master’s hand, like a servant girl’s eyes on her mistress’s hand, so our eyes are on the LORD our God until he shows us favor. (CSB)
2 Samuel 5:3, 4 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron. King David made a covenant with them at Hebron in the LORD’s presence, and they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty, years old when he began his reign; he reigned for forty years. (CSB)