What Happens When God’s Glory Is Revealed

At the end of the book of Ezekiel, there are instructions for how the Israelites will again use the temple after their exile is completed.

“Then the man brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the temple. I looked and saw the glory of the LORD filling the temple of the LORD, and I fell facedown.”  — Ezekiel 44:4

I was struck by this verse – what must it have looked like to see “the glory of the Lord filling the temple”?  Could we hope to see something like this today?  I would contend that this is a rare event, and not seen often in our world today, judging by the reaction shown by Ezekiel.  God’s glory is so amazing that the only thing he could do in response to seeing it was to fall down on his face before the Lord.

I often wonder if we should be experiencing this same feeling in our praise and worship of God today.  Should we sometimes feel such awe over God’s glory that we are left silent and on our knees before Him?  If we saw this happen to someone in Sunday service, would we think that the person was going a little overboard, or that they were overly-dramatic?  Perhaps so.  But when the glory of the Lord is revealed (just like it was to Abraham in Exodus 33), there is no choice.  God grant us the viewing of His glory on a regular basis!


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