I love singing praises corporately. When we open our mouth to praise, it is like a stream of His living water flowing into our spirit and our heart. I don’t how to describe that feeling. My hunger is fed, my thirst is quenched.
But sometimes it is even more than that. At times I experience the “piercing of division of soul and of spirit” (Hebrews 4:12) as that usually encountered when reading the Scripture. Tonight, as we sang Geoff Bullock’s The Mercy Of God (derived from Ephesians 1:3-12), the glory of God pierced through me and left me in awe.
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
It was a “piercing to the division of soul and of spirit”, where I was left speechless and wanted to fall down on my knee. I was captured by His beauty and glory. It was a sudden realisation of how, at this present age before His coming, no man can see Him face to face in our current sinful state. God spoke the same “No man can see Me and live” from Exodus 33:22 to me through the song. I would have passed out or become dead if I did saw 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 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)
But many may misunderstand that with the term “unapproachable”, our God is one who is far away and condemning. That cannot be more further away from who He is – through Christ we now have the access to the Father – 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)
Perhaps my words are not so convincing. But’s that the reality I have tasted, have feasted upon, have loved. I look forward to see Him face to face. To Him be all Glory, Honour, and Praise, Forever and ever, Amen.