Praying Through the Names of God: A 40­-Day Devotional

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Day Twenty-Three: Naddir Kavod

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Majestic Glory

On day 21 we learned about the weight of God’s glory, and His importance. But God’s glory also gives Him unsurpassed beauty. God’s Majestic Glory is often described as a cloud, lightning, fire, and smoke. He is so pure and dazzling that humankind can’t look upon it unprotected. The overwhelming brightness of Jesus’s glory blinded Saul on the road to Damascus. When Moses asked to see God’s glory God told him he couldn’t look upon His face and live.

We have a very weak sense of God’s beauty, but we were created to crave it. Most of the time instead of drawing closer the magnificent creator we satisfy this longing by chasing after His creation. There is nothing in creation that comes anywhere close to the Majestic Glory of God. When we come anywhere close to it, it changes us. It is so attractive and worthwhile that everything else pales in comparison to it.

Psalm 27:4

“One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: 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 inquire in His temple.”

Meditations

When you spend time with Naddir Kavod, the name scripture gives God as Majestic Glory, how does it affect you?

Repent of only seeking beauty in God’s creation and not seeking Naddir Kavod, the most splendid of all beauty.
Pray and ask the Lord to show you His Majestic Glory.
Listen and think about Naddir Kavod and the promise that the Holy Spirit will transform us more and more like Him.
Meditate and ask the Holy Spirit how you can help others to see the beauty of God. What would that look like?

Day Twenty-Two: Or Olam

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Everlasting Light

The sun and the moon are the two brightest sources of natural light in our world. The Bible teaches they are not even close to the light of God, the Everlasting Light. One day God will remove the sun and moon and we will live entirely in His light. Every mention of a prophet seeing the light of God included him “falling down as if dead.” Not only is it bright, but it is pure.

Light and dark are evocative words in Hebrew and the Bible makes clear that they cannot coexist. Darkness does not cover light. Darkness exists. Light dispels it. Light is used metaphorically in the Bible as God’s divine presence, life, salvation, commandments, love, and wisdom.

God’s Everlasting Light is meant not only as a physical manifestation of His presence, but also a description of His character.

Isaiah 60:19

“The sun shall be no more your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give you light; but the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.”

Meditations

When have you felt as if the Everlasting Light of God, Or Olam in Hebrew, was being covered by the chaos of darkness?

Repent of sometimes thinking that the light of Or Olam is like natural light in our world—present at times and absent at others.
Pray and ask Or Olam to shine His light into the scary dark places in your life or your heart.
Listen and think about what it means that you carry the light of Or Olam in you. What must darkness do in your presence?
Meditate and ask the Holy Spirit where He would like you to carry the light that is inside you. Who needs to see Or Olam through the way you live your life?

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