DEEP SATISFACTION IN GOD.
Moses in deep longing and craving for the very Person of God cries out, in Exodus 33:18,
“show me Your glory” and
God happily responds:
“… I will proclaim the Name of the Lord before you”
Effectively telling Moses that the glory he desires to see and experience will be found in the revelation of the Name.
The name of God is the embodiment of His glory! The Name holds the key to all the desires for God within Moses and us His children.
God is His Name. His Name is His glory!
There is a God-shaped, and God-sized craving within man. This longing is always directed to God because it is meant for God alone. Many things may try to dampen this hunger but deep within lies the cry. This is often the reason for the restlessness within us. Despite many external accomplishments, an emptiness, a void remains if God is yet to fully fill that space.
This void cannot be satisfied by anything, not even spiritual successes. Only God can fill that space. It is God-shaped and hence meant for God alone.
This was the cry of Moses “…show me your glory! Show me You. Make me experience You. Fill this God-space within me!” It was a desperate cry for God. This cry is all the more significant when we consider that this is the same Moses who had experienced the burning bush, the exodus, the Horeb experience and many other encounters with God that many would only dream about. Encounters that some would be glad if they have only one in all their lives.
This tells you and I that nothing, no experience is enough for a lifetime. We are meant to have an ongoing and ever deepening relationship with God.
And in response to Moses’ cry, God says “I will reveal My Name to you!
Know My Name and You will see, and experience my glory. The glory you long to see and experience is found in my Name!” “I have encoded My glory and revealed it in My many Names”
The more of His name you know, the more of Him you will experience. The more of His glory you will encounter. His name is a revelation of His glory. Each name carries a particular glory. Each name reveals an aspect of His glory, hence the more you know Him, and His names the deeper your walk with. This knowledge is an encounter with the Person of God.
His name is not just a mark of identity, it is Him!
This knowledge is not simply a gathering of facts, it is the experience of His Person. It is encountering God and being radically transformed.
In Psalm 34:8 (NKJV),
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”The Psalmist cries out.
When you experience Him, you will see Him. You will encounter His goodness. Which is also one of the aspects of His glory promised to Moses and us.
Seeing Him is tasting of Him.
This goodness is both what you receive from Him and the sweetness that you experience of His Person that attracts you back to Him again and again.
There is a goodness of His Person and there is a goodness that He gives to us as His blessings. All these are part of His glory that attracts us to Him.
Knowing His names is knowing His Person, knowing His glory, His goodness, and enjoying the sweet satisfaction of His love.
KNOWING HIS NAME LEADS TO INTIMACY WITH HIM.
“Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight.” Malachi 3:1 (NKJV)
“Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, So is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight, And his fruit was sweet to my taste.” Song of Solomon 2:3 (NKJV)
There is a sweet delightsomeness associated with His Person. This attraction is what makes fellowship with God an inviting experience. This removes the burden from prayer. This makes prayer a delight and not a chore.
When you know Him so intimately that you enjoy His Person and presence, obedience becomes a delight and not a duty.
The verse above is the Bride in the songs of Solomon saying ” I sat under His shade with great delight.” Simply sitting with Him is fun and a delight.
This is similar to the kind of delight people enjoy with loved ones, especially family. Ever wondered why grandchildren would do anything to stay with their grandparents, even if they have to forfeit school? Or the joy children have when mom is around? Children find great delight in these persons. It’s not just about what they receive from them, it is the joy of their person.
This is the kind of joy but multiplied greatly, that we experience with God when we get to know Him. It’s not about what He gives, it’s about His Person.
A fast-track to getting into this intimate relationship with God is knowing His names as this verse of scripture below indicates:
“Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the maidens love you!” Song of Solomon 1:3 (NIV84)
This verse reveals that His name is pleasing and inviting and draws out love and passion.
There is so much to knowing His names. It is not an academic exercise but a revelation, an experience. When you know His names, it unveils different wonderful aspects of His Person. The more you know of Him, the more attracted you are to Him.
Like the song says, He is beautiful beyond description.
This beauty and glory you find revealed in His names. It is such a glorious experience that it became the lifelong desire and sole purpose and pursuit of King David.
“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm 27:4 (NIV84)
Now for a king as wealthy as David with all his military might and conquests, with all the riches of Israel at his disposal to desire to make the beauty of God the sole pursuit, devotion, and desire of His life, tells you there is something more to knowing God than meets the eye.
It tells us that the Person of God is the Most important pursuit that anyone can engage in. Knowing and experiencing God is the most important experience that anyone can have. Knowing God intimately is the highest satisfaction. It is the only thing that can fill the deepest longings of your heart.
This satisfaction you can find when you take out time like David to meditate on His Name.
“I meditate on your name all night, God, treasuring your revelation, O God.” Ps 119:55 (The Message)
“Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, And the Lord listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the Lord And who meditate on His name.” Malachi 3:16 (NKJV)
This is what this blog is about. Knowing His names and growing in intimacy with God.
You are welcome to join us on this journey…