I love singing praises corporately.
Tonight, I had a surreal experience.
The book of Hebrews speaks about the word of God being sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit (Hebrews 4:12). When we were singing together Geoff Bullock’s The Mercy Of God (based on Ephesians 1:3-12) just now, I realized that this “piercing” does not only apply when we read the word, but also when we sing the word.
Oh the mercy of God, The glory of grace
That You choose to redeem us, To forgive and restore
And You call us Your children, Chosen in Him
To be holy and blameless, To the glory of God
Oh the richness of Grace, The depths of His love
In Him is redemption, The forgiveness of sin
You called us as righteous, Predestined in Him
For the praise of His Glory, Included in Christ.
Oh the Glory of God expressed in His Son
His image and likeness revealed to us all
The plan of the ages completed in Christ
That we be presented perfected in Him.
To the praise of His Glorious Grace
To the praise of His Glory and Power
To Him be all Glory Honour and Praise
For ever and ever and ever A–men
The glory of God pierced through me as I sang. It was a “piercing to the division of soul and of spirit”. I was left in awe and wanted to fall down on my knee. I was captured by His beauty and glory, yet at the same time, I finally realized how, at this present age before His coming, no man can see the Father face to face in our current sinful state. God spoke to me the same “No man can see Me and live” God spoke to Israel (Exodus 33:22) as I sang. I was rejoicing but also trembling at the same time, knowing I would have become dead if I did see Him.
That is how glorious and holy He is! Surely the Lord dwells among us today as the Spirit, but I finally had a grasp on why Paul said that God as the Father dwells in unapproachable light,
“who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:13-16)
God is revealed in the Christ, “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.” (John 1:18) However, even though Christ has made known the Father, we still cannot come to see the Father yet.
I don’t know how to describe or convince you the way the Lord has revealed His glory to me through the song today. It is just as hard as me telling people about the supernatural dream that I had when I first became saved when I was 6. But it was real, and I was absolutely astonished, startled, flooded with tears but also joy.