Exodus 32:11-13 (MSG) Moses tried to calm his GOD down. He said, “Why, GOD, would you lose your temper with your people? Why, you brought them out of Egypt in a tremendous demonstration of power and strength. Why let the Egyptians say, ‘He had it in for them—he brought them out so he could kill them in the mountains, wipe them right off the face of the Earth.’ Stop your anger. Think twice about bringing evil against your people! Think of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants to whom you gave your word, telling them ‘I will give you many children, as many as the stars in the sky, and I’ll give this land to your children as their land forever.’14 And GOD did think twice. He decided not to do the evil he had threatened against his people.
Moses could worship even though he wasn’t full of hope for Israel. He knew the people were bent on backsliding, that they were hiding the golden idols they had brought from Egypt. Even though Moses had persuaded God to spare them after their idolatry of the golden calf, now he must have thought, “How much longer will God put up with their secret lust and murmuring? When is the Lord’s patience going to run out?” I must confess thinking the same as Moses concerning my own life, how about you?
It could seem here that Moses’ pleading on Israel’s behalf was more compassionate than God’s feeling for the people. But the truth is, God had no intention of destroying these people. God already had all His promises for them planned.
No, this was a “mercy test” for Moses. The Lord was asking His servant, “How are you going to represent Me to the people? Will it be as a vengeful God who is full of judgment only? No—I am merciful, long-suffering, always ready to forgive My people.” The God of Amazing Love!
Here was the revelation! And it set Moses’ heart at ease. Indeed, while he was still worshiping, he began claiming and appropriating the glory God had revealed to him: “God’s mercy will see us through! He is long-suffering, and He will forgive us. What a glory this is! What comfort, what hope!” What Love”
Immediately, Moses began praying, “And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance” ( Exodus 34:9).
This passage proves unmistakably that the revelation of God’s glory is an integral part of worship! The revelation of God’s glory should be the Heart of all our worship. We ought to regularly lay claim to the Lord’s glory, testifying, “Lord, I know You are holy and just, and You won’t condone our sin. But I’ve also seen Your glory and I know You are not out to destroy me. Family of God, we serve a faithful God, enjoy your day!
Prayer: Great God, You don’t condemn us in our struggles. On the contrary, You show us Your Amazing love and how long-suffering You are toward us. We know we deserve rejection. We have failed so often, we should be cast aside completely. But You reveal to us that You are merciful, gracious, tenderhearted towards always, Blessed be your name Lord!