Smoke poured from his nostrils; fierce flames leaped from his mouth. Glowing coals blazed forth from him. He opened the heavens and came down; dark storm clouds were beneath his feet. Mounted on a mighty angelic being, he flew, soaring on the wings of the wind. He shrouded himself in darkness, veiling his approach with dense rain clouds. A great brightness shone around him, and burning coals blazed forth. 2 Sam. 22: 9-13
There are some pictures of God in the Scripture which shake me to my core. This is one of them. The idea of God rising from His throne, shaking out his robes in anger and riding on the wings of the wind to my aid is incredibly encouraging but I have to admit a little terrifying as well. You see, Where God is His glory goes before Him and there’s something about glory that really conflicts us as humans. Don’t get me wrong I desperately want His glory but in the times I have run up against even a few drops of this heavenly stuff far from being the conquering pastor-guy I would like to envision I ended up lying on the floor unable to do anything but weep and cry “Holy!”…Like I said incredibly encouraging and a little terrifying all at once.
Have you ever had an experience like this with the Lord? Tell me about it.
I have to say the glory of God came to me when I was having a heart attack. Yes, I had pain but the image that was forth front in my brain was Jesus the whole time and I was comforted. I had no fear of dying because I remember thinking if I died I had Jesus and if I lived I had Jesus either way I won. I looked back on that memory and I am in awe, Jesus never ever left my side. Call upon His name and He is there. A-men! Thanks, Pastor J this is post touched me deep inside. Glory to God!!!
Hallelujah! I remember that day Deb and the calm that possessed you was truly a testimony!
Not so much His glory (I would fall on my face too) but certainly His very real actual presence.
29th May 1992, in the very early hours of the morning. I had been devastated by the betrayal of a person I had respected and worked alongside for many years; the man I had come to trust as a father-figure. I was sobbing my heart out to the Lord. He showed me a number of Scriptures which detailed my position so exactly, and then Psalm 27:10 “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will gather me up” and I literally felt His arms around me, holding me, comforting me. A lot of things happened that morning. He took me through a number of childhood experiences and completely banished my absolute terror of spiders, which was brought about by a childhood experience, and had given me intense nightmares since.
As I think about it again now, I get a very tiny sense of that experience. No one can tell me it wasn’t real – and neither was the release from that terror of spiders and the nightmares. I was able to handle my ‘father’s’ rejection and move on – a more mature person.
What an amazing God!
We are one day closer to being WITH Him for all eternity.
What a powerful testimony of the manifest presence of God. May we all experience more of this!
I have never had the “don’t make me come down there” moment. I have had the “voice in my head” experience.
The still small voice of God is such a powerful experience. When we follow the leading the results many times are amazing. Thanks for checking in!