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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Leviticus 19:32-34 “Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the Lord. “Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land. Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”
Luke 6:27-31 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you.”