The idea of “the glory of the Lord” is found approximately 24 times in the Old Testament. The expression is generally connected to the tabernacle or temple.
The glory of the Lord appeared in the tent of meeting where Moses spoke with God “face to face.” We also find the glory of the Lord filling the temple at the completion and dedication given by Solomon. Even Isaiah saw the earth full of His glory as the temple filled with smoke.
The appearing of God’s glory in these ways indicates the desire of God to dwell among and with His people. The greatest indication of this is found in the incarnation of Jesus.
John records, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” Jn. 1:14. The coming of Jesus opened our understanding to Immanuel, “God with us.”
How powerful to consider His presence at every step in our journey through life.
How beautiful to consider the way He works through us to be present in leading others.