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Thirsty Week 3 – Unveiled Worshippers

February 27, 2009

Thirsty Week 3

Unveiled Worshippers

Victoria Falls

In 2004 I crossed in front of those falls, several hundred feet in the air on a foot bridge, the roaring water crashing downward less than a hundred yards away. The water strikes the depths below with such a force that there is a torrential rain downwards and upwards at the same time. It’s so loud that you can’t here the person yelling next to you.

 

Someone asked me what it was like and all I could say was, “It was something else, there’s just nothing like it”

 

Have you had an experience like that? Something that only an abstract phrase can describe?

 

Here in lies a powerful example of worship.

 

God is so incredibly, “other”. He is indescribable, more powerful than Victoria Falls, more infinite than the vastness of space. Yet, he whispers my name and places the fragile pedals of roses perfectly in place.

 

There is nothing like him. Encountering God provides such powerful potential for transformation.

 

Exodus 34

Moses up on Sinai to meet with God. Has such a powerful encounter and revelation of God’s glory that it radically alters Moses’ presence. God’s glory had a transformational impact on Him.

 

1. We must “Go Up” – God called to Moses, to a place that was set apart where He could meet with God

2. When God revealed Himself Moses Worshipped – 34:8

3. His continuing in God’s presence changed Him – He became a reflection of God’s glory

4. Vs. 34 – Whenever Moses would come to the presence of the Lord he would remove the veil to meet with God without any barrier

a. We need to allow nothing between us and God

b. We need to be unhindered in our worship

“Unveiled in his worship and given incredible access to the presence of God, Moses also became a changed worshipper who glowed with the Glory of God.”

 

2 Corinthians 3:18

“and we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

 

God doesn’t need us. He doesn’t need to reveal Himself to anyone.

He is a consuming fire. He is pure and perfect in every way.

But the awesome thing is, His heart passionately burns with a perfect and pure love for us as His children.

He wants us close, he wants us to become, “Beholding is becoming”

 

Scripture is clear that God wants close encounters with us. He wants to capture our hearts

That’s the whole issue with Jesus coming. His birth, perfect life, death, and resurrection were all a close encounter with man so that, if we believe and follow, we can journey ever deeper into God’s heart.

 

We need to recognize that He is God, He is glorious, His “something else”. It is in that recognition that we are transformed more into His likeness. It is there that we are closer or more aware.

 

Like Moses who could commune with God as friends speak face to face, yet also fell down and worshipped the God who created and is above all things; we too need to discover this in our worship.

 

It’s not about us, it’s about him. Making it about Him takes care of us. It makes us a reflection of Him.

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